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 3-D X-rays and 3-D 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.

Nationally recognized expertise

Our pediatric specialists at Mayo Clinic Children's Center have significant expertise and experience in treating children with complex and rare diseases.

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.

  1. 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 [...]

  2. Seamstress Moving and Sewing Again After Complex Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

    Growing up in Central Florida, Kimberly Kimmons was an active child. She loved swimming, biking and martial arts. But at age 12, Kim was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Unfortunately, Kim’s family didn’t have the resources to fully address her spinal [...]

  3. New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

    Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated. These treatments could help correct [...]

Expertise and rankings

Doctors at Mayo Clinic have been treating childhood and adolescent scoliosis for more than 70 years. More than 800 children visit Mayo Clinic for scoliosis care each year. When needed, scoliosis surgery is performed by Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons specializing in child and adolescent spine disorders.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. 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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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 29, 2017