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How can surgery treat scoliosis?

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When curves are between 45 and 50 degrees, they’re usually expected to get worse and may even affect how the lungs work. In cases like this, your doctor may recommend spinal fusion surgery, which has been shown to stop the increase of curves.

During this operation, the small bones of the spine that are curved will be fused. As your child’s back heals, these vertebrae will form a single straight bone. Because growth in this area of the spine has been stopped, the curve shouldn’t change anymore.

From: What's the Treatment for Scoliosis? WebMD Medical Reference

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Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

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