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Needing a brace after scoliosis surgeryNNeeding a brace after scoliosis surgeryNeeding a brace after teen scoliosis surgeryEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Vertebrae;SpineMuscular system;Skeletal systemConditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2008-06-01T04:00:00ZJanet Ahier, RN, BScN, MN, ONC;Sandra Donaldson, BA;Stephen Lewis, MD, MSc, FRCSC;James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC7.0000000000000072.0000000000000324.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Following scoliosis surgery, some teenagers may need to wear a brace. Learn about how the brace is made, and why and when it is used.</p>
Besoin de porter un corset après l’opérationBBesoin de porter un corset après l’opérationNeeding a brace after teen scoliosis surgeryFrenchOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Vertebrae;SpineMuscular system;Skeletal systemConditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2008-06-01T04:00:00ZJanet Ahier, RN, BScN, MN, ONC;Sandra Donaldson, BA;Stephen Lewis, MD, MSc, FRCSC;James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC7.0000000000000072.0000000000000324.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Après une opération pour la scoliose, certains adolescents pourraient devoir porter un corset. Tu apprendras comment le corset est fabriqué et à quoi il sert.</p>

 

 

Needing a brace after scoliosis surgery2800.00000000000Needing a brace after scoliosis surgeryNeeding a brace after teen scoliosis surgeryNEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Vertebrae;SpineMuscular system;Skeletal systemConditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2008-06-01T04:00:00ZJanet Ahier, RN, BScN, MN, ONC;Sandra Donaldson, BA;Stephen Lewis, MD, MSc, FRCSC;James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC7.0000000000000072.0000000000000324.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Following scoliosis surgery, some teenagers may need to wear a brace. Learn about how the brace is made, and why and when it is used.</p><figure class="tallpic"> <img alt="Photo of a spinal brace" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/TeenSite_SpinalBraceTeen_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <h2>Why do I have to wear a spinal brace?</h2><p>After scoliosis surgery, your surgeon might prescribe a brace to help support your spine and ribs as you are healing. The pressure of this spinal brace on your abdomen will also provide some pain relief. </p><h2>How long do I have to wear this spinal brace?</h2><p>You will be measured for and receive your brace about five days after surgery. You will need to wear it for about two to six months after the surgery. </p><h2>What does a post-operative spinal brace look like?</h2><p>You may be asked to wear a brace called a Sansplint spinal brace, which is made of plastic with a cotton corset. Other types of braces may be used, depending on the goal of treatment in the brace.</p><h2>What happens exactly?</h2><p>Approximately five days after your surgery, you will be seen by a health professional called an orthotist to have the spinal brace made. You will be given a long cotton body stocking to wear during the procedure. Several measurements will be taken of your body and you will be asked to lie on your stomach on a casting bed. A warm piece of plastic will be draped on your back. The plastic cools and hardens in about five minutes. A cotton corset is then attached to the plastic and the spinal brace is ready for the final fitting.</p><p>The entire process takes about three hours. At the end of the appointment, you will start wearing the brace, gradually building up your wear time over the course of a week to 20 to 22 hours per day. </p><h2>What happens at the follow-up appointments?</h2><p>In general, you will be seen by your orthotist within two weeks of discharge from the hospital. It is common to have a lot of swelling in your abdomen in the first few weeks after surgery. Once the swelling goes down, your spinal brace will have to be re-molded to your body to fit properly. All subsequent appointments with your orthotist will be on the same day as the follow-up appointments with your orthopedic doctor.</p>