How will surgery for scoliosis affect my child?

Scoliosis surgery for an adolescent child involves taking bones that are starting to grow crookedly, pulling them straight and getting them to heal together so that as an adult or further in adolescence, the curve doesn't continue to get bigger. Generally, most of the low back and all of the neck moves totally normally.

Most children are out of the hospital in three or four days and back to school by four weeks. There is no post-operative brace immobilization. Most children can return to non-contact sports by three months, and full contact sports by six months.

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