Spine Fusion Surgery

In 2013, Children’s length of stay following spinal fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis was one of the lowest rates at pediatric facilities in the country.*

What does this data mean? 
When your child needs surgery, you want an experienced team to care for your child. Our high volume of spine fusion surgeries for idiopathic scoliosis means we can provide dedicated orthopaedic staff, facility space and technology to our patients and their families. Our patients have access to the latest minimally invasive techniques, treatments and research.

This specialized care helps ensure better recoveries, meaning children are back to their active lives sooner.

Why is length of stay important?
After surgery, families often ask when they get to take their child home--but also want to know that they are prepared for recovery at home. Our team lets families know what to expect before and after spine surgery, and teaches them how to care for their child after they leave the hospital.  

The orthopaedic spine team has developed a spine fusion pathway that is used to optimize patient care and improve outcomes. This gives patients and families a roadmap to their recovery.

How do we make sure we are providing high-quality care?

  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons on the Children’s medical staff offer a wide variety of surgical options meeting the special needs of children with different types of spinal diagnoses. They use advanced technology to provide innovative, minimally invasive techniques to orthopaedic spine care.
  • We provide educational resources to every family to help them care for their child.  
  • Our child life team can help calm fears about being in the hospital and having surgery. 
  • At Children’s we take a family-centered approach to each patient's care.


*Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), 2013