Spinal Deformity & Scoliosis

Advanced Treatment and Increased Hope for Children with Spinal Deformities and Scoliosis

The Spinal Deformity & Scoliosis Center offers experienced and internationally recognized physicians to help children with scoliosis and other spinal deformities. The center’s expert staff diagnoses and treats a range of pediatric spine conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Pediatric scoliosis (idiopathic, congenital and neuromuscular scoliosis)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis

Traditional and New Approaches to Treat Severe Spinal Deformities

Traditional surgical techniques for pediatric patients with severe spinal deformities can be used in older children and adolescents with great success. However, very young children are different because they are still growing and complete fusion surgery can limit development. Our orthopedic surgeons have helped develop surgical and non-surgical techniques that allow for the continued growth of children with spinal deformities.

To reduce pain and potential complications, orthopedic surgeons at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital employ advanced surgical techniques that include:

  • Amicar® (a drug that reduces blood loss during spine surgery)
  • Duramorph spinal anesthesia
  • Growing rods, including the use of newly improved devices to decrease the need for repeat surgeries
  • HemiBridge™ System: A small device, inserted minimally invasively, which guides the spine to correct curvature without the use of a brace
  • Neuromuscular monitoring
  • Posterior-only spinal fusion with spinal osteotomy to hasten healing
  • Risser casting and thoracolumbar (trunk) bracing
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

Learn more about the advanced treatment options offered through the Spinal Deformity & Scoliosis Center.

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