Recovery from Scoliosis Surgery
Most people stay in the hospital for five to seven days after the surgery. It usually takes three months for everything to fuse, and it will take time for muscle strength to return.
Like any procedure, surgery for scoliosis can have complications, which include but are not limited to:
- Implant failure
- Pseuduoarthrosis, or failure of the bones to fuse, resulting in partial loss of correction
- Reaction to anesthesia.
Additional risks of scoliosis surgery, though rare, include:
- Dislodging a hook
- Fracturing a fused vertebra
- Damaging the spinal cord, which could lead to muscle weakness and bowel or bladder problems.
People with scoliosis who are thinking about surgery may want to ask the following questions:
- What are the benefits of surgery?
- What are the risks of scoliosis surgery?
- What techniques will be used for the surgery?
- What devices will be used to keep the spine stable after surgery?
- Where will the incisions be made?
- How straight will the spine be after surgery?
- How long will the hospital stay be?
- How long will it take to recover from surgery?
- Is there chronic back pain after surgery for scoliosis?
- Will my growth be limited?
- How flexible will the spine remain?
- Can the curve worsen or progress after surgery?
- Will additional scoliosis surgery be likely?
- Will I be able to do all the things I want to do following surgery?