Spinal Fusion Surgery

What is Spinal Fusion Surgery in Children?

Spinal fusion surgery helps to stop the progression of curving of the spine, known as scoliosis. The surgery helps to not only straighten the curve, but can improve children’s posture, fit of clothing, prevent back pain, and minimize other side effects of scoliosis.

The spinal fusion recovery process can be difficult, as children may experience pain and find it hard to sit up, stand, and walk while recovering. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is here to help your child have a smooth recovery from spinal fusion surgery and answer any questions throughout the process.

Pediatric Spinal Fusion Surgery Program at Nicklaus Children's 

Is spinal fusion surgery in your future? If so, you are probably feeling some uncertainty. The best thing you can do right now is to learn as much as possible about the procedure and share the information with friends and family. Knowledge will prepare you for what is ahead and help you feel more in control and less anxious. Here’s how to get started. First, ask your doctor every question that comes to mind and read all the materials you can find on the subject. We also urge you to attend the Scoliosis & Spine Disorders Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. The program provides an opportunity for you and your family to learn about what to expect during spinal fusion recovery.

This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 1:26:40 PM

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Haley's Success Story
07/03/2018 — Growing up, Haley Gantt suffered from scoliosis. She had to wear a back brace to prevent her curve from worsening, but unfortunately, she was later told that a spinal fusion surgery would have to be considered because the brace had failed to prevent the curve from progressing. She fought hard and got through it. An accomplished basketball player, Haley is now on her way to playing Division II basketball for Biola University in Southern California.
April Patient of the Month: Lucky
04/09/2018 — Lucky started going to physical therapy when he was two because of the delays with sitting up and rolling over. His physical therapist noticed that the problem was not muscular but skeletal, a condition that she couldn't treat. The pediatrician told Janie and Greg, Lucky’s parents, about Nicklaus Children's Hospital. When Janie and Greg visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, they met Dr. Harry L Shufflebarger, Pediatric Spinal Surgery Director. He performed the necessary surgeries and now Lucky can enjoy a healthy life.


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