Orthopaedic Surgeon (Pediatric) Questions Pediatric Cervical Spine Surgery

My son hurt his back and needs to undergo surgery. Will it affect his future life?

My son whose 14 years old had a nasty fall and hurt his back. He needs to undergo surgery to fix his spine. Will he be able to fully recover?

10 Answers

It is likely that he can make a full recovery, depending on the injury. I highly recommend Physical Therapy and rehabilitation post surgery. He may need to continue some type of body work for many years to avoid future complications.
Surgery for anyone, especially your son, is a last resort. You must see a chiropractor first to correct your son's condition and, after treatments, the chiropractor will reevaluate your son to see if he is a candidate to have surgery.
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It will depend on the extent of his surgery and his recovery time. He will definitely need to adhere to his rehab protocol to ensure his best chance of recovery and minimizing issues down the road. Chiropractic care can also be used above and below the affected areas to stabilize his spine. But he must follow instructions from the surgeon, therapist, and his
primary care physician as well.
That is going to depend entirely on your son and his medical history. Each patient is individually unique regardless of age. It is the goal of all orthopedic surgeons to ensure their patients fully recover. However, life is unpredictable. With my patients, I use every thing at my disposal to ensure a quick and full recovery.
The ability for him to recover will depend on a few factors. I would recommend that if you have any questions or concerns you should seek get a second opinion on the need for surgery, as well as a review of any imaging to determine the length and intensity of the the post operative outlook for his condition. As with any procedure, there are risks associated with surgery, especially of the spine. However, if you have exhausted all other options and have a trusted medical staff, they will be able to guide you through the best option to preserve your son's quality of life. Chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are all therapies that are focused on healing the body and minimizing pain both pre and post operative as well. I wish you good luck and peace in the decision for your son.
All surgery contains risk, as to the future no one can really tell.
Surgery should be the last course of action for a back injury, not the first. I would advise getting other options including from a chiropractor before going down that road because there is always the risk of complications from surgery.
The ultimate decision is yours with consultation with the surgeon and your question is best answered by your son’s surgeon. So I hope you have asked that doctor.
Only the time will say. His age is a factor that plays in his favor to have a good recovery. He will need to have a good rehabilitation therapy to make sure he heals properly.
It depends on the type of surgery, but yes, he has the potential to recover just fine from most spine surgeries. I would recommend he see a chiropractor after he has healed from the surgery. You must keep the rest of the spine working perfectly since some parts have been damaged at an early age.
The recovery limitations and how much it will affect his future life are dependent upon the severity of the initial injury, the type of surgery required, the success of the surgery, and the success of post-operative rehabilitation. Because there are a lot of variables to be considered, ask this question to your surgeon for the most accurate answer.