Scoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgerySScoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgeryScoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgeryEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SpineSkeletal systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2009-12-29T05:00:00ZThe Certified Orthotists at the Centre for Orthotics and Medical Devices9.0000000000000061.0000000000000394.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Some scoliosis patients will have surgery called thoracoplasty. Learn about the post-operative spinal orthosis that patients wear after the surgery.</p><h2>What is a spinal orthosis?</h2> <p>An orthosis (say: or-THOH-sis) is a medical device that is designed to support or treat people who have problems with their muscles, bones or joints. </p> <p>Some scoliosis patients will have spinal surgery called thoracoplasty. After thoracoplasty, some surgeons will prescribe a <a href="/Article?contentid=974&language=English">spinal orthosis</a> to help support your spine and ribs as you are healing. The pressure of this spinal orthosis will also provide some pain relief. This spinal orthosis is called a sansplint spinal orthosis.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Some scoliosis patients will have surgery called thoracoplasty. </li> <li>After surgery, you will wear a sansplint spinal orthosis to help you heal. </li> <li>A certified orthotist will measure your body to make the orthosis. </li> <li>You will need to wear the spinal orthosis for two to four months after the surgery.</li> </ul><h2>What a post-operative spinal orthosis looks like</h2><p>This spinal orthosis is made of plastic with a cotton corset. This is the most commonly prescribed post-surgical spinal orthosis and is likely what you will be wearing. </p><p>You will need to wear this spinal orthosis for about two to four months after the surgery to help reshape your ribs.</p> <figure> <img alt="spinal brace scoliosis" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/SpinalBrace_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <br> <br><h2>What happens at the first visit</h2> <p>About five days after your surgery, you will be seen by a certified orthotist to have the spinal orthosis made. You will be given a long cotton body stockinette 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 orthosis is ready for the final fitting. </p> <p>The entire process takes about three hours.</p> <p>At the end of the appointment, you will start wearing the orthosis, slowly building up your wear time over the course of a week until you are wearing the orthosis 22 to 23 hours per day. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <h3>Costs for a post-operative spinal orthosis</h3> <p>In Ontario, OHIP does not cover any of the cost of the post-operative spinal orthosis; however, most extended health insurance plans may cover all or a portion depending on your coverage. Ask your orthotist for an insurance letter to submit to your insurance company for coverage. If you need help to pay for the orthosis, visit our reception desk for a listing of charitable organizations that may assist you.</p> <p>A minimum of 50% of the payment for this device is expected at the time of the casting. The remaining 50% of the cost is expected when you receive the orthosis. We are unable to bill your insurance company directly.</p> <p>Please visit or contact The Centre for Orthotics for further information on pricing.</p> <p>All proceeds from orthotic treatment at The Centre for Orthotics go to support patient care and research at SickKids. For more information, please see <a href="http://www.centrefororthotics.ca/" target="_blank">www.centrefororthotics.ca</a>. </p>

 

 

Scoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgery973.000000000000Scoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgeryScoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgerySEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SpineSkeletal systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2009-12-29T05:00:00ZThe Certified Orthotists at the Centre for Orthotics and Medical Devices9.0000000000000061.0000000000000394.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Some scoliosis patients will have surgery called thoracoplasty. Learn about the post-operative spinal orthosis that patients wear after the surgery.</p><h2>What is a spinal orthosis?</h2> <p>An orthosis (say: or-THOH-sis) is a medical device that is designed to support or treat people who have problems with their muscles, bones or joints. </p> <p>Some scoliosis patients will have spinal surgery called thoracoplasty. After thoracoplasty, some surgeons will prescribe a <a href="/Article?contentid=974&language=English">spinal orthosis</a> to help support your spine and ribs as you are healing. The pressure of this spinal orthosis will also provide some pain relief. This spinal orthosis is called a sansplint spinal orthosis.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Some scoliosis patients will have surgery called thoracoplasty. </li> <li>After surgery, you will wear a sansplint spinal orthosis to help you heal. </li> <li>A certified orthotist will measure your body to make the orthosis. </li> <li>You will need to wear the spinal orthosis for two to four months after the surgery.</li> </ul><h2>What happens at the follow-up appointments</h2> <p>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 (belly) in the first few weeks after surgery. Once the swelling goes down, your spinal orthosis may need to be re-molded to your body to fit properly. All later appointments with your orthotist will be on the same day following the appointment with your orthopaedic doctor. </p><h2>What a post-operative spinal orthosis looks like</h2><p>This spinal orthosis is made of plastic with a cotton corset. This is the most commonly prescribed post-surgical spinal orthosis and is likely what you will be wearing. </p><p>You will need to wear this spinal orthosis for about two to four months after the surgery to help reshape your ribs.</p> <figure> <img alt="spinal brace scoliosis" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/SpinalBrace_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <br> <br><h2>What happens at the first visit</h2> <p>About five days after your surgery, you will be seen by a certified orthotist to have the spinal orthosis made. You will be given a long cotton body stockinette 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 orthosis is ready for the final fitting. </p> <p>The entire process takes about three hours.</p> <p>At the end of the appointment, you will start wearing the orthosis, slowly building up your wear time over the course of a week until you are wearing the orthosis 22 to 23 hours per day. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <h3>Costs for a post-operative spinal orthosis</h3> <p>In Ontario, OHIP does not cover any of the cost of the post-operative spinal orthosis; however, most extended health insurance plans may cover all or a portion depending on your coverage. Ask your orthotist for an insurance letter to submit to your insurance company for coverage. If you need help to pay for the orthosis, visit our reception desk for a listing of charitable organizations that may assist you.</p> <p>A minimum of 50% of the payment for this device is expected at the time of the casting. The remaining 50% of the cost is expected when you receive the orthosis. We are unable to bill your insurance company directly.</p> <p>Please visit or contact The Centre for Orthotics for further information on pricing.</p> <p>All proceeds from orthotic treatment at The Centre for Orthotics go to support patient care and research at SickKids. For more information, please see <a href="http://www.centrefororthotics.ca/" target="_blank">www.centrefororthotics.ca</a>. </p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/SpinalBrace_EN.jpgScoliosis: Spinal orthosis after thoracoplasty surgery

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