Great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis have been made in recent years and the surgeons on the medical staff of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano offer each scoliosis patient advanced treatment. To date, we have treated more than 3,000 patients with a success rate few others can claim.
At Baylor Scoliosis Center, we also understand that our patients are dealing with more than the physical challenges of scoliosis, they’re coping with the emotional challenges as well. One of the most powerful ways we’ve found to help patients considering scoliosis surgery is to hear other people’s experiences.
Ways Your Scoliosis Might Be Treated
Many individuals we see do not require surgery to correct their condition. Pediatric patients in particular need to be observed closely before and during their adolescent growth spurt to identify curves that are progressing rapidly and those that remain stable over time.
For large curves in skeletally immature children or curves that have worsened in a child who is still growing, we commonly recommend braces. In many cases a brace can reduce the chance that a childhood curvature will progress to the point of requiring surgery.
School scoliosis screening programs are often helpful in catching problems early so that braces can be effectively utilized. However, once adulthood is reached, there is little evidence that wearing a brace will halt the progression of a curvature.
While physical therapy has not been shown to alter the rate of curvature progression in either adult or pediatric patients, strengthening and conditioning programs often help improve back pain. If surgery should ultimately be required, these physically fit patients often have an easier time recovering.
For scoliosis patients who are experiencing an increase in curvature and are in pain, surgery may be needed. Scoliosis surgeries are serious and complex with multi-step procedures. For pediatric scoliosis patients, these procedures usually take between two and three hours. Adult surgeries take longer, usually from four to six hours. Adults sometimes need more than one procedure – one performed from the front and one done from the back. Typically, this can be done in one operation, but there are times when two operations are necessary.
Learn more about the different stages of scoliosis surgery:
- Pre Surgery
- Post Surgery
- Rehabilitation and Recovery
- Pain Management
Why Choose Baylor?
More than 3,000 surgeries · Nationally Recognized Leaders in Scoliosis Treatment