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Hyper-Lordosis

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Most children with hyper-lordosis do not need surgery. At Seattle Children's, we use both non-surgical treatments and surgery to treat hyper-lordosis.

Hyper-Lordosis Treatment Options

Children who have hyper-lordosis may need help to get around. When fitted properly, walkers or crutches can help children with disabilities stand more upright. Physical therapy programs also can often help children with hyper-lordosis.

Surgery for hyper-lordosis

If your child needs surgery to correct the curve and stabilize the spine, doctors usually operate on both the front and the back of the spine. This helps them better correct the deformity.

In this operation, the doctor puts hooks or screws in the vertebrae, removes the joints between the bones and attaches a metal rod to the hooks or screws. The doctor repositions your child’s spine to be straighter, then tightens the screws or hooks to make sure they are firmly attached to the rod.

Next, the doctor places a bone graft along the spine to help the vertebrae grow together.

These operations are often complex, so most of our patients stay in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after surgery.

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