Factors Your Doctor May Consider – Scoliosis Surgery

In recommending the most appropriate treatment for you, your doctor may consider the following factors:

  • Degree and extent of your curve – How severe is your scoliosis and how does it affect your lifestyle?
  • Your spinal maturity – Is your spine still growing and changing?
  • Location of your curve – Do you have a thoracic (upper spine) curve, a thoracolumbar (middle spine) curve or lumbar (lower spine) curve?
  • Potential for progression – Do you have a curve that is likely to worsen?

It is important that you discuss the benefits and risks of scoliosis surgery with your doctor. Only you and your doctor can decide if scoliosis surgery is right for you.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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