When is surgery recommended for a child with scoliosis?

Surgery for scoliosis is only done when the curving of the spine is severe and going to cause problems for your child's health either now or in the future. For example, your child's doctor may suggest it if the curving is making the chest area get smaller, which can cause breathing trouble. This is a major surgery, with risks and a long recovery period. It is usually postponed until your child's bones stop growing. Until then, a brace is often used to prevent the scoliosis from getting worse. Sometimes, just wearing the brace can prevent the need for surgery.

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