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Spinal curvature surgery - child; Kyphoscoliosis surgery - child; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery - child; VATS - child
Always tell your doctor or nurse what drugs your child is taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
Before the operation:
During the 2 weeks before the surgery:
On the day of the surgery:
The doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
Your child will need to stay in the hospital for about 3 to 4 days after surgery. The repaired spine should be kept in its proper position to keep it aligned. If the surgery involved a surgical cut in the chest, your child may have a tube in the chest to drain fluid buildup. This tube is usually removed after 24 to 72 hours.
A catheter (tube) may be placed in the bladder the first few days to help your child urinate.
Your childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stomach and bowels may not work for a few days after surgery. Your child may need to receive fluids and nutrition through an intravenous (IV) line.
Your child will receive pain medicine in the hospital. At first, pain medicine may be delivered through a special catheter inserted into your child's back. After that, a pump may be used to control how much pain medicine your child gets. Your child may also get shots or take pain pills.
Your child may have a cast or a brace.
Your child' s spine should look much straighter after surgery. But there will still be some curve. It takes at least 3 months for the spinal bones to fuse together well. It will take 1 to 2 years for them to fuse completely.
Fusion stops growth in the spine. This is not usually a concern because most growth occurs in the long bones of the body, such as the leg bones. People who have this surgery will probably gain height from both growth in the legs and from having a straighter spine.
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