Scoliosis Treatments

Scoliosis Treatments in Burlington, VT

We provide comprehensive scoliosis treatments at Fletcher Allen, using the latest therapies and technologies available. Our specialists are highly trained in treating spinal diseases and work closely with you and your family to find the right treatment for the specific condition.

Scoliosis treatment options at Fletcher Allen:

  • Non-Surgical Treatments, including:
    • Observation
    • Scoliosis Brace
  • Scoliosis Surgery, including:
    • Fusion Scoliosis Surgery
    • Fusion-Less Scoliosis Surgery

Non-Surgical Treatments

Observation

Mild cases of scoliosis (10-25 degrees of curvature) are often monitored with regular observation. Patients may be asked to return every three to six months for re-examination.

Scoliosis Brace

Wearing a brace can prevent some curves from getting worse. It can be effective if the patient is still growing and the curve is 25-40 degrees.

Patients who wear a scoliosis brace can usually participate in most activities. Time out of the scoliosis brace is allowed for sports.

Scoliosis Surgery

When non-surgical treatments are not successful, our orthopedic and spine specialists may recommend scoliosis surgery. As a university hospital, we have years of experience in performing scoliosis surgery. We use the latest surgical techniques – with an emphasis on the best, scientifically proven practices.

Scoliosis surgery may be recommended if the spinal curve is greater than 40 degrees and the patient is still growing. If the patient has completed growth, scoliosis surgery may still be recommended if the spinal curve is greater than 50 degrees.

Fusion Scoliosis Surgery 

Standard scoliosis surgery involves fusing the vertebrae along the curve with new bone to prevent further progression of the curve. Fletcher Allen spine surgeons use metal rods, hooks, screws or wires to correct the spinal curvature and hold the spine in a well-aligned position during healing.

The results of fusion scoliosis surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis are usually very good. Patients can often return to their regular activities and sports six months after scoliosis surgery.

Fusion-Less Scoliosis Surgery

Fusion-less scoliosis surgery is a potential alternative to fusion scoliosis surgery that is minimally invasive and preserves the growth, motion and function of the spine.  Shape memory alloy staples are used to guide spinal growth and allow scoliosis correction over time.  For over a decade, a Fletcher Allen orthopedic surgeon has worked to develop fusion-less scoliosis surgery techniques and procedures.

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