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
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.
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.
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.