If your child needs surgery to correct their curve and stabilize their spine, doctors usually operate on both the front and the back of the spine. This helps them better correct the deformity.
In this surgery, the doctor will:
- Put hooks or screws in the bones of the back (vertebrae).
- Remove the joints between the bones.
- Attach a metal rod to the hooks or screws.
- Reposition your child’s spine to be straighter.
- Tighten the screws or hooks to make sure they are firmly attached to the rod.
- Place 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.