In life-threatening emergencies, find the emergency room location nearest you. For non-life-threatening medical needs when your pediatrician is unavailable, visit one of our convenient urgent care locations.
Having your child undergo surgery can seem insurmountable to a parent. But, there are things you can do to ensure the experience is as safe as possible for your child. The Allens share how they prepared for the best possible scenario for their daughter, Jessica.
How to choose a spine surgery team
Jessica's dad Doug shares five factors he recommends reviewing when planning for spine surgery for your child.
Scoliosis surgeon: How often has the doctor performed spinal fusion surgery? Are they trained in pediatrics to understand how a growing spine is different?
Patient safety: How often does the team do this operation? What's their typical length of stay and infection rate for spine surgery patients?
Technology: Does the team have the most advanced technology for the procedure, like 3D printers for spine prototypes that they can practice on before the surgery?
Anesthesia: Do they specialize in providing anesthesia to children?
Radiation: Do they provide low-dose radiation options to minimize the negative effects of radiation for your child?
Making spine surgery safer for kids
Medical Director of our Spine Program Dr. Mark Erickson explains what surgical outcomes are and why they matter for helping keep kids safe.
Our spine surgery outcomes
At Children's Colorado, we treat more kids, teens and young adults with spine conditions, like scoliosis, than any other hospital in our region.
Our spine team is constantly working to research newer, better ways to improve quality and patient safety for our spine surgery patients.
30%Shorter hospital length of stays for spinal fusion surgery when compared to the state average
250+Pediatric spine procedures performed each year
MOREPediatric idiopathic scoliosis procedures are performed here than any hospital in Colorado
Preparing for spine surgery
Our pediatric spine team wants to ensure your family feels as comfortable as possible about your child's upcoming spine surgery. That is why we provide special information sessions for our scoliosis patients. For children under 12 years old, we offer a one-on-one session with a pediatric spine nurse. For those 12 years old and older, we offer a spine class where your child can meet with a patient who had scoliosis surgery at our hospital.