Scoliosis Overview



Phase I: Diagnosis

Phase II: Non-Operative

Phase III: Operative


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Life after Scoliosis Surgery

During the first few weeks at home after surgery, the focus is on:

• pain management and weaning from pain medicines

• healthy eating as appetite returns to normal

• children getting back to independence with their own care (parents often comment that these weeks are like having a newborn again)

• increasing activity and endurance

• returning to school 3 – 6 weeks after surger

6 weeks after surgery, most teens are:

• feeling good

• back to their normal life except for activity/sport restrictions

6 weeks – 1 year after surgery, activity restrictions remain:

• activities that put too much physical stress on the healing bones may prevent them from fusing together

• many surgeons will gradually ease up on restrictions as the year progresses

• activities to avoid until okayed by your surgeon may include contact and high impact sports, P.E., heavy lifting, and aggressive twisting or stretching of the spine

1 year after surgery:

• elimination of activity and sports restrictions and life back to normal!!

• your surgeon will recommend how often to return for check-ups


The rest of your life

• little physical affect from surgery throughout life stages

• risk of developing complications is low

• scoliosis runs in families, watch your next generation

• no limitations in choice of profession

• expect normal pregnancies and deliveries

• back healthy lifestyle recommended (maintain weight, remain active, no tobacco)


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