Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital
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Surgery for Scoliosis

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The division has established itself as one of the most experienced and successful in the nation in treating scoliosis in children. In fact, the division’s director – Dr. Harry Shufflebarger – was instrumental in developing surgical treatments now in use around the world and contributes extensively to clinical research to continue to advance treatment practice.

Pediatric spine conditions we treat

The program treats a full range of pediatric spine conditions, including:

Pediatric scoliosis and spine disorder treament

Why Choose Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for Spinal Assessment and Treatment

The Division of Spinal Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s most experienced teams in treating spinal disorders.

  • Long History of Helping Children with Spine Conditions: The Division of Spinal Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s is one of the nation’s leading providers of treatment for children with spinal conditions. The division has been offering treatment for more than _35___ years and has been instrumental in development of corrective surgical procedures for scoliosis now in use throughout the nation.
  • Outcomes that are Second to None: The division’s surgical success rates exceed national benchmarks. In early 2014, in conjunction with surgeons at 8 other pediatric institutions, a Performance Improvement Module developed a Best Practice Guideline (BPG) for decreasing length of stay in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The length of stay has decreased 20% as a result of this effort. This BPG has resulted in award winning presentations at major spinal meetings. The NCH spine division is at the top of the nation in terms of innovative care.
  • A Team Approach: The spine program offers a team approach to care that has been established as a model of practice within the spinal surgical field. The team includes the spine surgical team’s highly experienced board-certified orthopedic surgeons, dedicated spine-trained anesthesiologists and a PhD neurophysiologist who monitors, the spinal cord and nerve function throughout surgery.
  • Child- and Family-Friendly Approach: The division’s orthopedic nurses devote unlimited time to preoperative teaching for the patient and family to ensure that each is ready for the procedure. In addition, Child Life Specialists work with children and families upon admission to help with questions before, and after surgery. Children recover in the region’s leading pediatric hospital, which has many special child- and family-friendly features.
  • Latest Technology: The division offers the latest EOS imaging equipment, which enables the team to obtain a complete image of the spine while the patient is in a natural standing position.


For more information about Scoliosis Surgery and Spinal Disorders at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8366.


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Our program is also nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best pediatric orthopedics programs.