COVID-19 Updates: Latest Information for Parents

Video Visits (Telemedicine)

Ready to receive care from the comfort of your own home? Our Rady Children’s Specialists now offer video visits (telemedicine) from your computer or mobile device. Your physician can address many of your medical issues, prescribe new medications and refill medications. Save time by skipping the traffic and waiting room while still receiving exceptional care from your medical team. Learn more.

Preparing for Your Upcoming Telemedicine or In-Person Visit

Time with your child’s health care team is important, and we have resources to help you make the most of your upcoming specialty appointment. Learn how to get ready.

“Once we realized Mia’s curve would require surgery, my husband and I spent countless hours researching scoliosis and reached out to orthopedic surgeons across the country. We were told by multiple sources that Dr. Peter Newton was ‘the best pediatric spine surgeon in the country and the world.’ Wow! Pretty impressive statement. We flew to San Diego three months later to meet Dr. Newton and his team, and not only were my husband and I impressed with Dr Newton, but Mia was comfortable and had complete confidence in Dr. Newton. He is not only gifted as a remarkable surgeon, but he is also personable and an excellent communicator with both parents and his patients. [Nurse] Amy Kager is also so wonderful!” — Bebee Schloegel

Scoliosis patient Mia Schloegel and her family came all the way from Kansas for spinal tethering surgery with Dr. Peter Newton. See how this groundbreaking procedure straightened her spine.

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The Spine Center cares for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. We are nationally recognized for our patient care, education and research capabilities in the field of spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolysis), trauma, tumors, congenital malformations and other spine conditions. Learn more about the conditions we treat.

Peter Newton, M.D., an internationally recognized leader in pediatric spinal conditions, directs the Scoliosis Service. Patients from around the world come for treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, congenital scoliosis and failed prior surgery for scoliosis. Learn more about these scoliosis types.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Along with providing the latest treatments, the Spine Center uses cutting-edge technology for diagnosis and treatment planning, including the EOS Orthopedic Imaging System. This ultra-low-dose X-ray system provides high-quality 2-D and 3-D images while significantly reducing radiation exposure. Watch the video below.

3D-printed model of spine with severe scoliosis

In addition, our MRI Center and latest CT scanner provide detailed imaging of the spinal cord and vertebrae, which is important for surgical planning. Our biomechanics lab and 3DI Lab also have 3-D printing capabilities, enabling a 3D model of the spine to be used as a teaching tool or brought into the operating room to guide the spinal reconstruction.

We are pioneers in minimally invasive thoracoscopic methods of scoliosis and kyphosis treatment, an advance that has reduced the pain and recovery time of surgery. One of these procedures for scoliosis is vertebral body tethering (VBT), also called spinal growth tethering surgery, a procedure that partially restrains one side of the spine to allow growth on the other side.

Innovative Treatment Methods

We also provide intrathecal drug delivery for various conditions in conjunction with our Rehabilitation Medicine teamBurt Yaszay, M.D., directs our Intrathecal Baclofen Pump program and treats patients with spasticity and spinal deformities common in patients with cerebral palsy. For patients with spinal muscular atrophy, we are using Spinraza (nusinersen), the first and only Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for this condition. Due to severe scoliosis, some of these patients have undergone spinal fusion surgery. To provide the medicine to these patients in the safest and most effective way, Dr. Yaszay and Andrew Skalsky, M.D., have collaborated to develop an innovative delivery device.

In the News

Video: Dr. Peter Newton discusses our groundbreaking X-ray technology