Scoliosis care at Mayo Clinic
Your Mayo Clinic care team
Pediatric specialists work together to provide the best care for each child who has scoliosis. Orthotic specialists are involved in making braces, while physical therapists can help with rehabilitation if surgery is deemed necessary.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Pediatric radiologists at Mayo Clinic use advanced techniques, including 3D X-rays and 3D modeling, to help surgeons see exactly what the structures look like before they ever make an incision. CT scans and computerized navigation occur during the operation, to aid in the precise placement of implants. Blood salvage with auto-transfusion minimizes blood loss, while advanced anesthetic techniques provide maximal pain control.
The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.
Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel
For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free. Mike Ramsey dealt with lower back pain for years. [...]
Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem
As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option -- one that has yielded dramatic results. To 17-year-old Mason [...]
62-Year-Old Spinal Fusion Stands the Test of Time
In 1956, spinal fusion surgery was in its infancy. But the pioneering medicine Joyce Gugler received for scoliosis from her Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at that time set her on the path to a pain-free future. Even at age 13, Joyce Weisman Gugler knew she was receiving state-of-the-art treatment when, in 1956, she underwent spinal [...]
Expertise and rankings
Doctors at Mayo Clinic have been treating childhood and adolescent scoliosis for more than 75 years. Pediatric specialists at Mayo Clinic's Children's Center have significant expertise and experience in treating children with complex and rare diseases.
More than 700 children visit Mayo Clinic for scoliosis care each year. When needed, scoliosis surgery is performed by Mayo Clinic surgeons specializing in child and adolescent spine disorders.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for orthopedics.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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