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Pediatric Spine Services in Nevada

Pediatric Spine Program

St. Rose Dominican Siena Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of the first Pediatric Spine Program in Henderson.

Pediatric Spine Services Team

We focus on treating disorders of the spine in children, including scoliosis and kyphosis, which affect 2% to 5% of children in the U.S.

We understand that a diagnosis of scoliosis may be stressful for the entire family. Our team is here to serve these unique healthcare needs of kids and includes Child Life Specialists and trained professionals who help children cope with the stress and uncertainty of hospitalization and procedures.

We have also invested in child-friendly technology, such as MRI movie goggles that kids can use during imaging procedures that allow them to watch a movie during an MRI as well as talk to the imaging technician. It’s all about making our young patients as comfortable as possible.

Spine Conditions

  • Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a common condition in children and teens where the spine curves sideways.

  • Kyphosis

    Kyphosis is a condition in children and teens where the spine curves outward, causing hunching of the back.

  • Spina Bifida

    Spina Bifida is a condition where the spine and spinal cord do not develop properly.

  • Spine Trauma

    Spondylolsis: stress fracture in the lower back, usually from repeated stress or genetics.

    Spondylolisthesis: dislocation of one vertebra over the one below it, due to untreated Spondylolsis.

What to expect

Spine surgery can either be an open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure. Most spine surgeries take about two to four hours, depending on your specific condition.

Your child’s procedure may involve the placement of screws, pins, cages, or other structures to support their spine. These devices will remain in their spine for the rest of their life. Your child will likely have general anesthesia so they won’t feel any discomfort during the surgery.

Spine Surgery Recovery

After spine surgery at Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, you will receive detailed instructions about activity levels, medications, and scheduling follow-up appointments before your child goes home.

Your child may need to wear a back brace or cast to keep their spine stabilized while it is recovering. They may also need to reduce their activity levels. However, the doctor will probably encourage your child to walk regularly. This helps reduce the risk of developing a blood clot in their legs.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation will be part of recovery. Your child will learn how to move properly, reposition themselves, turn over in bed, sit, stand, and walk in ways that protect their spine. It can take several months to fully recover.


*As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Always talk to your doctor about every treatment option, as well as the associated benefits and risks. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You may shower 3 days after surgery, however, avoid taking baths to prevent soaking the incision. Gently pat the incision dry. Do not rub or apply lotions or creams to the incision.

It can take several weeks to fully recover. While in the hospital, our team will work with our patients to have them sitting upright within three hours post-surgery.

Yes, the instruments placed during surgery to support your spine will remain in your body for life.

Pediatric Spine Program in Henderson

Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus

St. Rose Dominican - Siena Hospital is home to the only pediatric spine program in Henderson. The program treated over 170 patients and complements the other pediatric services offered at Siena including the Children's Emergency Room, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Unit and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Take the next step

Talk to your doctor to find out if your child is a candidate. Find a St. Rose doctor who specializes in pediatric spine medical conditions or call us at 702.616.7797.