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Children’s National Hospital has a team of highly-specialized experts that work together to correct idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents using posterior spinal fusion surgery. Children with idiopathic scoliosis have an abnormal curve in their spine and may show the following signs:

  • Shoulders are uneven
  • Head is not centered with the rest of their body
  • Hips are uneven
  • Shoulder blade heights are uneven or in different positions
  • One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other

Our Providers

Our pediatric specialists provide personalized care for your child’s physical, mental and emotional health needs.

Contact Information

For appointments, please call 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) and for information, call 202-476-2112

Posterior spinal fusion is the surgical process of straightening the spine and preventing the curve from getting worse. Metal implants are used to hold the spine in a straighter position until the bones fuse together.

Our team at Children’s National works to make recovery after surgery as easy as possible for patients and families. Our experts have created the very first Spinal Fusion Surgical Home to streamline care and facilitate faster recovery. Learn more.


Call our nurse practitioners at 202-476-3399 if you have non-emergent questions or concerns.

Family Resources

At Children’s National, we understand that families have many questions about their child’s condition and care. Our care teams have provided resources to help you prepare for your child’s treatment, as well as access long-term care information from the comfort of your home.

Safe Mobilization

Most patients stay home for a total of three days before returning home for a complete recovery. Watch this video to learn how to safely mobilize your child after their posterior spinal fusion and prepare you for going home.

Walking and Maneuvering Stairs

After a posterior spinal fusion, your child will need help getting up and moving around. This video provides guidelines to enable them to walk and use stairs easier.

Incision Care

After a posterior spinal fusion, it's important to take care of your incision or dressing. In this video, Katy Bozek, NP, takes you through the necessary steps and instructions.

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