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Pediatric Spine Surgery

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Spinal conditions that affect children and teens may require pediatric spine surgery to correct the underlying problem and prevent future health complications. The team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas, includes experts in pediatric spine surgery so your child gets the best possible outcomes. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Pediatric Spine Surgery Q & A

What is pediatric spine surgery?

Pediatric spine surgery refers to the various surgical procedures performed on children and teens to treat or correct spinal problems. Your child’s spine is made up of a series of bones that support stability and mobility of their upper body, as well as protect their spinal cord. 

Any condition that affects the normal structure or function of the spine may affect your child’s growth or posture and potentially lead to future health complications. Spinal deformities such as scoliosis or injuries that affect the spine may require surgical intervention. 

The pediatric orthopedic experts at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute understand the unique musculoskeletal needs of children and teens. 

They have advanced education and training and use the most innovative tools and techniques when performing pediatric spine surgery so your child gets the best outcomes. 

How do I know if my child needs pediatric spine surgery?

The team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute determines if your child needs pediatric spine surgery after a consultation. 

Though the orthopedic physicians are skilled surgeons, they initially take a conservative approach to addressing your child’s spinal care needs. Before recommending spine surgery, they may first try durable medical equipment bracing and physical therapy to improve your child’s spinal condition.

If your child has a severe spinal deformity or an injury that won’t heal without surgery, then they may benefit from pediatric spine surgery. 

What happens during pediatric spine surgery?

There are many techniques the team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute uses when performing pediatric spine surgery. Your pediatric orthopedic specialist reviews the details of your child’s spinal surgery during your pre-surgical consultation.

Most pediatric spine surgeries involve spinal fusion, which fuses vertebrae to limit movement and improve stabilization. When performing a spinal fusion, the surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute may use:

  • An anterior approach through the front of the spine
  • A posterior approach through the back of the spine
  • An anterior-posterior approach through the front and back using two incisions

The surgical approach your child’s spine surgeon uses depends on their diagnosis, medical history, and the area of the spine undergoing surgery. Whenever possible, the team uses minimally invasive tools and techniques to limit body damage, post-surgical pain, and recovery time.

After pediatric spine surgery, the team refers your child to the in-office physical therapy team to help support healing and restore spinal function and health.

Call All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute or book an appointment online today to discuss your child’s pediatric spine surgery.