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:
How often has the doctor performed spinal fusion surgery? Are they trained in pediatrics to understand how a growing spine is different?
How often does the team do this operation? What's their typical length of stay and infection rate for spine surgery patients?
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?
Do they specialize in providing anesthesia to children?
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
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
Shorter hospital length of stays for spinal fusion surgery when compared to the state average
Pediatric spine procedures performed each year
Pediatric idiopathic scoliosis procedures are performed here than any hospital in Colorado
"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
Next: Scoliosis surgery recovery
One family shares tips on how to make the spine surgery recovery process easier and what to expect from life after scoliosis surgery.
Scoliosis surgery recovery
From toddlers to teens, our patients with orthopedic conditions come in all ages, and each has their own story to tell.
Our spine team performs the most pediatric idiopathic scoliosis procedures in the region.
Results from our research studies provide invaluable information about orthopedic procedures and innovations, including spine surgery.
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.