Some people with scoliosis may benefit from wearing a brace. Your doctor will help you decide if this is a good choice for you. If the spinal curvature gets large enough your doctor may recommend surgery called "posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation." Doctors typically suggest surgery when the curve is around 50 degrees.
The purpose of this surgery is:
To stop the progression of the curve
To stabilize that part of the spine
If the curve is not treated and keeps getting worse, it can cause physical deformities. These changes can lead to back, lung and heart problems later in life. Straightening your spine will also help you keep your balance better while sitting. This will allow you to sit comfortably for longer periods of time. All of this can improve your quality of life.
Deciding to have surgery is a big decision. It can be very scary for you and your family. This booklet was written to help answer your questions about surgery. If you have other questions, please write them down so you will remember to ask your doctor.