What We Treat

Our orthopaedic team consists of nurses, doctors and orthotists. We evaluate and treat infants through young adults who have spine conditions. Working closely with other Children’s specialists, we provide complete, coordinated diagnostics and care and a wide range of treatment options. Our Orthopaedics Program ranks among the best pediatric hospitals in the country—No. 17 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2017-2018 list.

Common spine conditions treated include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
  • Tumors and infections
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal fractures
  • Back pain
  • Thoracic insufficiency syndrome

Services We Offer

Your child’s diagnostic and treatment plan will depend on his specific condition. Early evaluation from Children’s, can provide more treatment options for patient families.

Treatment plan options include:

Evaluations

Through early intervention, we are able to follow patients and provide treatment options.

Evaluations and diagnostic tests may include:

  • Complete medical history and physical examination by a doctor
  • Routine radiographs (X-rays)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Other procedures, such as ultrasound or bone scans

Our pediatric radiologists follow guidelines and protocols that help reduce your child’s exposure to radiation.

Management and treatments

Children’s offers complete spine care in one location with our multidisciplinary team of pediatric-trained specialists.

Management and treatments may include:

Surgery

If your child does need surgery, our surgeons are highly skilled in delicate spinal surgery. Keep in mind:

  • Spine fusion surgery: Joins or fuses some of the bones of the spine to prevent the curve from getting worse.
  • Your child’s surgeon may use the SpineAssist robot or computed tomography (CT)-based 3-D navigation to help stabilize and correct scoliosis.
  • Vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) surgery, for children with severe chest deformities or spinal curves, expands and supports the chest wall. Children’s is one of a few pediatric hospitals in the U.S. that perform that offers this surgery.
  • Your child may be a candidate for minimally invasive vertebral body stapling.
  • Growing rods may be used to temporarily help with curve correction and control progression without fusion.

Our Unique Approach

Our pediatric orthopaedic program is among the top-ranking in the nation. We work with other specialists to provide complete, coordinated care for children with spine conditions.

  • We use some of the latest surgical, nonsurgical and imaging techniques. We were the first pediatric facility in the U.S. to use the SpineAssist system, which allows surgeons to preplan procedures in 3-D simulations and use a robot arm to guide them to the site. 
  • Our orthotics and prosthetics team uses some of the latest in bracing and casting techniques. In 2015, we fit over 360 patients diagnosed with scoliosis with spinal braces.
  • As part of that commitment, we provide complete follow-up care and ensure every family has the information and resources they need.

Meet the Team

Multidisciplinary team

Our pediatric-trained team,* consisting of eight orthopaedic spine surgeons, has the expertise young patients with spine disorders need. This team allows us to care for patients at every stage, from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. 

We offer a dedicated orthopaedic spine liaison who serves as the single point of contact for patients who require spine surgery and their primary care providers. The liaison will help patient families navigate through our spine program and will coordinate care for their surgical and post-surgical needs, including communication between referring pediatricians and orthopaedic surgeons, providing information about lodging and key contacts for those who live outside of the Atlanta area, and assistance with the hospital intake process. The spine liaison will also develop written treatment plans for referring providers and call patient families to follow up after their child’s procedure.

Meet the spine team

*Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.

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