Thinking Through
Surgery for Scoliosis

If you or your child has severe scoliosis symptoms preventing enjoyment of everyday life, you may consider surgery.

When Scoliosis Progresses

Around 90% of people with idiopathic scoliosis never have spinal curves that progress enough to require more than careful observation by a physician.

If your spinal curve progresses beyond 20 degrees

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A back brace is often recommended.

If your spinal curve is at least 45 degrees by skeletal maturity, or is at least 40 degrees despite bracing

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Spinal surgery may be considered.

For degenerative scoliosis in older adults, if non-surgical treatments are unable to manage severe pain, then decompression surgery and/or spinal fusion may be considered.

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Dr. Isador Lieberman on Scoliosis at Texas Back Institute Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center.

Considering Surgery for Scoliosis?


When severe scoliosis symptoms diminish your quality of life, disable you from activity, or even cause you pain, spinal surgery may be considered.


The most common surgical treatment for scoliosis is a spinal fusion. While it does reduce mobility, spinal fusion surgery has a track record of effectively treating scoliosis.


If a child is too young to undergo spinal fusion, a growing rod system is implanted to correct/maintain the spine’s curvature while delaying fusion.

What Happens in a Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis

The surgeon uses rods to reposition the spine, untwisting the rotation and reducing the sideways curve.

The surgeon grafts bone to vertebral segments that are next to each other.

The bones are held in place until they grow solidly and no longer move.

The Goals of a Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis

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Stop the curve’s progression

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Reduce the deformity

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Balance the trunk

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How Texas Back Institute Can Help

Texas Back Institute’s Scoliosis & Spine Tumor Center offers outstanding care.

The center gives you several advantages:

A world-class team of surgeons, led by internationally recognized scoliosis expert, Dr. Isador Lieberman.

Comprehensive treatment plans, individually tailored to help correct or slow the progression of your scoliosis.

The utilization of robot-assisted surgery, delivering more precision and higher accuracy rates.

A clinical concierge team offering a full range of high-quality support services, including assistance in arranging accommodations.

Texas Back Institute is one of the most comprehensive freestanding spine centers available, and its staff is committed to restoring you to a high quality of life.

Talk to a spine specialist at Texas Back Institute to find out if scoliosis surgery is the solution you’ve been searching for.

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Rajesh G. Arakal, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon

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Theodore Belanger, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon

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Isador Lieberman, M.D., M.B.A., FRCSC
Director of the Scoliosis & Spine Tumor Program at the Texas Back Institute, Orthopedic Surgeon

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Blake N. Staub
Neurosurgeon

At age 12, Nikki was told she had scoliosis and that she would need surgery. Years later she found the surgeons she needed.

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