Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

The Spine Program

The Spine Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado evaluates and treats infants, children, teens and young adults with all types of spinal conditions and injuries. From the most basic conditions to the most complex, our goal is to provide the safest and most effective treatments beginning with non-surgical options. However, if surgery is the recommended treatment, we offer innovative approaches from experienced orthopedic spine surgeons.

Watch Caroline's Story

Watch ballerina Caroline's story to learn how Dr. Sumeet Garg from our Spine Program helped treat her scoliosis to keep her on the dance floor.

Spine conditions we treat

Why choose the Spine Program at Children’s Colorado?

30% Shorter Hospital Length of Stays for Spinal Fusion Surgery when Compared to the State Average
250+ Pediatric Spine Procedures Performed Each Year
70%+ Of the Pediatric Idiopathic Scoliosis Procedures in Colorado

The spine team at Children’s Colorado is one of the top pediatric spine care teams in the country. The care team includes specially trained pediatric and adolescent spine experts, who provide the right treatment at the right time. Our surgeons perform more than 250 pediatric spine procedures each year – that’s more than anyone else in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

Specialized care for your child and family

The Spine Program provides:

  • Pediatric orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants with training and experience in advanced pediatric spine care.
  • Expertise from infancy through young adulthood, giving your family a continuum of care as your child grows and develops.
  • Patients receive individualized treatment plans according to their condition and specific needs.
  • Low radiation dose imaging with EOS.
  • Access to 3D modeling and surgical planning for the most complex cases.

When surgery is recommended, we have exactly what patients need:

  • A team of pediatric experts including anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists, respiratory therapists and child life specialists.
  • Operating rooms and equipment designed just for kids, teens and young adults.
  • State-of-the-art spinal cord monitoring to ensure safer outcomes for patients.
  • We’ve reduced the length of stay after surgery and spinal infection rates. Learn more about our surgical outcomes.
  • Highly specialized nursing staff includes dedicated spine nurses and inpatient nurses with pediatric orthopedic training. 

Expert guidance and support

The Spine Program provides a team approach to care offering family-centered support for you and your child.

  • A welcome program and coordinator introduces your family to Children’s Colorado and provides supportive services.
  • Spine class is a pre-surgery interactive session for healthy school age and adolescent patients. Class prepares patients and families for surgery and recovery.
  • Families receive educational information and listen to a former patient share his or her spine surgery experience.
  • The spine team accommodates the needs of patients with complex medical problems. A team of experts coordinates care throughout a patient’s treatment.

Members of our team belong to the following professional groups:

Additional resources

Patient stories

Here, it’s different.™

Dr. Sumeet Garg holds a 3d-printed spine.

Spine Surgery, Deconstructed

From 3D printing spine models to recycling a patient’s own blood back into the body, read how we’re improving spine surgery for scoliosis patients.

Spine Surgery Research

Children's Colorado in the news


3D-Printed Spine Helps Girl with Scoliosis be More Active

Children’s Colorado was the first pediatric facility to use 3D-printed FIREFLY technology to treat scoliosis. Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Sumeet Garg performed the surgery on 13-year-old Jocelynn Taylor, who had a spine curvature over 100 degrees. Dr. Garg examined a 3D-printed replica of Jocelynn’s spine prior to surgery and connected rods to Jocelynn's spine with 3D-printed brackets during surgery.