Early Onset and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery

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Evolution of Early Onset and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery

Treatment of scoliosis is aimed at decreasing the spine curvature to an amount that allows normal growth, posture, and activity. Additionally, the shape of the spine, rib cage, and pelvis should allow for adequate protection of the spinal cord and organs contained inside. Other concerns in children or teenagers involve preserving their potential for future growth. Specialized orthopaedic surgeons, usually working in a pediatric orthopaedic department, are trained in the correction of scoliosis. They work with families to decide if and when intervention is needed, and then to determine the best surgical approach to safely straighten the spine.

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