Children's Hospital Colorado

Scoliosis Surgery

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When surgery is the best option

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. One thing we believe in here is to ensure we explain what surgical outcomes are and why they matter for helping keep kids safe.

Our families discuss their scoliosis surgery experience

The Allens share how they prepared for the best possible scenario for their daughter, Jessica, including five factors Doug recommends reviewing when planning for spine surgery for your child.

Considerations when choosing a spine surgery location:

  • 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?

Scoliosis surgery information and resources

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

Our spine team is constantly working to research newer, better ways to improve quality and patient safety for our spine surgery patients.

Learn about our focus on patient safety

Preparing for spine surgery

Our pediatric spine team wants to ensure your family feels as comfortable as possible about your child's upcoming surgery. That’s why we provide information sessions for our scoliosis patients.

Learn more about our spine class

"To know that they're in good hands is one thing, but to know that they're happy, comfortable and fine is huge."
Mark, Emily's dad

Additional scoliosis resources

Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.