Your child will have a chest tube to drain fluid out of the chest cavity. X-rays will be taken to record the change in your child’s spinal curve. This x-ray will also check on the lungs. Your child will work with a physical therapist on daily activities and breathing exercises.
Most children go home the second or third day after surgery. Patients feel “back to normal” within one to two weeks after surgery. They usually return to school within two to four weeks after surgery.
Two weeks after surgery, your child will have a physical therapy appointment. The therapists will check your child’s range of motion and strength. At that time, additional physical therapy might be recommended. But most of the time, further physical therapy is not needed.
Your child will need to limit extreme activity (such as skateboarding, gymnastics, jumping on a trampoline) and sports the first three to four months after surgery.