3 Goals of Scoliosis Surgery
After this procedure:
- Once your child is awake and moving after surgery, the cast may need to be further trimmed and customized for comfort and to ensure good range of motion for the arms and legs.
- Typically, casts are worn anywhere from two to six months, depending on the age and rate of growth.
How is the Cast Worn
Scoliosis casts are worn 24/7 and cannot get wet. The cast is removed by your child’s doctor to assess progress at the appointment for the next cast or brace. It’s important to remember that the cast must stay dry – Children do not shower, take baths or swim in their casts.
After your child’s final cast is removed, he or she may be placed into a back brace. Depending on the severity of your child’s scoliosis, bracing can be used to maintain the correction obtained with casting, continue to control curvature progression or keep it from worsening until your child is old enough to undergo corrective spinal surgery.