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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Talk to MD

You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child.
In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options.

In brief: Talk to MD

You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child.
In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Congenital

Congenital scoliosis is typically treated in childhood.
This really depends on the underlying reason for the scoliosis, how old your child is, and the chances that the scoliosis can get worse. Surgery is a corrective option for this and it sounds like you should have an evaluation by a pediatric spine surgeon to see if surgery is or will be necessary at some point to help correct this. Pediatric spine surgeons typically practice in major cities at the university or affiliated hospitals. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon in your local are can also be helpful.

In brief: Congenital

Congenital scoliosis is typically treated in childhood.
This really depends on the underlying reason for the scoliosis, how old your child is, and the chances that the scoliosis can get worse. Surgery is a corrective option for this and it sounds like you should have an evaluation by a pediatric spine surgeon to see if surgery is or will be necessary at some point to help correct this. Pediatric spine surgeons typically practice in major cities at the university or affiliated hospitals. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon in your local are can also be helpful.
Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Consult ped orthopod

In congenital and idiopathic scoliosis the decision to operate is made on the degree of curvature and rapidity of progression.
Most curves increase in preadolescence and adolescence. Insurance may not pay for surgery unless curvature is of magnitude of about 30-35 degrees.Scoliotic curves with today's techniques can not only stop progression but can sometimes reduce degree of curvature.

In brief: Consult ped orthopod

In congenital and idiopathic scoliosis the decision to operate is made on the degree of curvature and rapidity of progression.
Most curves increase in preadolescence and adolescence. Insurance may not pay for surgery unless curvature is of magnitude of about 30-35 degrees.Scoliotic curves with today's techniques can not only stop progression but can sometimes reduce degree of curvature.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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