Multi-Disciplinary Surgery Process

At Texas Children’s, every patient with neuropathic scoliosis is considered for surgery. Our multi-disciplinary team of spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, nutritionists and critical care specialists evaluate every patient using a six-phase evaluation, screening and approval process.

Each patient’s medical and surgical plan will be reviewed by this team on at least two occasions leading up to surgery. There may be some delays in surgery scheduling if the patient requires further testing or optimization of other medical conditions prior to surgery. Although we know delays can feel frustrating, our goal is always to make sure our patients have the best and safest possible experience with their spine surgery.

Working with a Nurse Coordinator

If approved for spinal surgery, the patient and their family meet with a nurse coordinator to learn what to expect, make travel arrangements if needed, and complete any pre-operative workups. During this time, some patients may take part in a sleep study and meet with a nutritionist to ensure they are healthy enough for surgery. If a patient is not yet medically ready for surgery, or if significant issues arise, it is possible surgery may be cancelled or rescheduled. The nurse coordinator will serve as a liaison for the patient and their family as they navigate spinal surgery preparation and recovery.