Am I a Candidate for Fusionless Surgery?

Pediatrician examining little girl with back problems. Just as your child is unique, so too is their spine. Childhood scoliosis can range from mild to severe, and no single treatment is applicable to all types and severity of spinal deformity. Through careful conversation and observation, Dr. Baynham will identify the treatment method most appropriate for your child.

Some children with scoliosis will grow out of it without needing any treatment. For others with mild scoliosis who are experiencing symptoms, wearing a brace may be effective in stopping their spinal curvature from worsening.

Your child may be a candidate for fusionless surgery if he or she:

  • Is aged 10 or older.
  • Has sufficient growth remaining.
  • Has a spinal curvature of 40-45 degrees that is progressing or a spinal curvature greater than 50 degrees.

In these cases, surgery is usually the only way to keep the scoliosis from worsening. If left untreated, childhood scoliosis can become severe and cause damage to the chest, heart and lungs.

Dr. Bayhnam will observe the following factors when preparing for and planning your child’s surgery:

  • The number of spinal curvatures.
  • Where the curvature is located.
  • The severity of the curvature.