Pediatric Spine Surgery Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Though not the first recommended treatment, children and teens may need pediatric spine surgery to treat a spinal deformity or spine injury. At Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, the team includes surgeons who specialize in pediatric spine surgery. They provide comprehensive care to ensure your child gets the best outcomes. Call the nearest office or schedule a pediatric spine surgery consultation online today.

Pediatric Spine Surgery Q & A

What is pediatric spine surgery?

Pediatric spine surgery is a surgical specialty that involves various procedures aimed at treating or correcting spine problems in children and teens. Spine surgery is a serious procedure, no matter your age.

However, pediatric spine surgery requires a unique set of skills and care. Upon deciding to go ahead with pediatric spine surgery, the surgeon must consider how the procedure may affect growth and development. 

They use special tools, techniques, and devices to treat or correct the spinal condition so the child or teen gets the best surgical outcomes without affecting future health or growth.  

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine includes pediatric spine surgery specialists who provide the expert care your child needs. 

What conditions benefit from pediatric spine surgery?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of spine conditions. 

Before recommending spine surgery, the team maximizes all non-operative treatment options, such as physical therapy, bracing, casting, or medication.

They only consider pediatric spine surgery when non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate or improve your child’s underlying spine condition. Some of the conditions that may benefit from pediatric spine surgery include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Spine fractures (spondylolysis)
  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Traumatic spine injuries
  • Cranio vertebral anomalies
  • Chiari malformation

For scoliosis, the pediatric spine surgeons at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine only perform surgery when your child has a curvature that’s 45 degrees or greater. 

What happens during pediatric spine surgery?

The details of your child’s pediatric spine surgery depend on your child’s diagnosis, overall health, and the type of spine surgery they need. 

Your orthopedic pediatric spine surgeon at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine creates a personalized surgical plan for your child and reviews the details of the procedure during their pre-surgery evaluation. 

Your child’s pediatric spine surgery surgical plan may include a discectomy, spinal fusion, or reconstructive surgery. When possible, the surgical team uses minimally invasive tools and techniques when performing pediatric spine surgery to reduce your child’s recovery time. 

For pediatric scoliosis, the team uses metal rods and screws and a bone graft to reduce the curvature. 

Call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, or request an appointment online to schedule a pediatric spine surgery consultation today.