Spinal Fusion Volumes

Children’s performed more spinal fusion surgeries for idiopathic scoliosis than any other pediatric facility in the country.*

What does this data mean?
In 2013, Children’s performed more than 300 spinal fusions—that's more than any other pediatric facility in the country.*

This graph shows how many spinal fusion procedures for idiopathic scoliosis were performed at Children’s in 2013, compared to the national average. The specialized care you get from the team at Children’s helps ensure better recoveries, meaning children are back to their active lives sooner.

Why are spinal fusion surgery volumes important?
This shows we are experienced in pediatric spinal fusion surgery and take each case very seriously. Our team lets families know what to expect when they need surgery, and teaches them how to care for their child after they leave the hospital.  

What is a spinal fusion?
spinal fusion is surgery that joins or fuses some of the bones of the spine. These backbones are called vertebrae. 

  • Fusing the bones helps to prevent the curve from getting worse.
  • It may not completely correct the curve.

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.
  • The orthopaedic spine team has developed a spinal fusion pathway that is used to optimize patient care and improve outcomes. 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