A small percentage of patients require spinal surgery for Scoliosis. Following this type of surgery, your Orthopaedic Surgeon may require you to wear a spinal brace. In the majority of cases this will be a High Taylor Brace.
This brace has 2 functions:
Supports your spine and muscles whilst the healing takes place
Acts as a reminder to you and everyone else that you are recovering from spinal surgery
A week or so prior to your surgery, you will come into Orthokids and be measured for your custom made brace.
Your brace will be fitted in the hospital, a couple of days after your surgery. Your body shape will have changed following surgery, so it is important that the brace is fitted correctly to your ‘new shape’. This involves you sitting on the side of the bed and standing for a few minutes.
The brace should be worn whenever you are out of bed.
However, you do not have to wear the brace if you are just going to the toilet or showering.
The brace should be worn over the top of a singlet, t-shirt or other light clothing.
All Velcro straps should be secured firmly. It is common practice to leave the left side of the brace done up at all times and undo the right side to put it on/ take it off. This will explained in more detail whilst in hospital.
If the brace is uncomfortable or you have any queries, please contact Orthokids on the link below: