Your child has had spinal fusion surgery to treat his or her scoliosis. Your doctor did the surgery through a cut, called an incision, in your child's back. Metal fasteners were attached to the curved parts of your child's spine to make it straighter. Then small pieces of bone, called grafts, were placed like bridges between pairs of vertebrae. As your child recovers, the grafts will become part of the spine and help keep it from curving.
It's normal for children to have pain after spinal fusion surgery, but your child is getting medicines to help manage the pain.
Your child may be able to go back to school after about 3 to 6 weeks. Full recovery may take 6 to 12 months. Your child will need lots of emotional support during this time.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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