South American teens get life-changing surgery in Austin


Dell Children’s Medical Center is performing life-changing surgeries for three teenagers from the South American nation of Guyana.

In partnership with Spine-Hope, the teenagers will receive spinal fusions to correct scoliosis.

Right now, doctors are in the middle of making sure one patient is safe to have the surgery. If everything goes well, doctors will begin on Friday.

These techniques at Dell Children’s are so good, the doctor says, complication rates are less than 3 percent. The team is ready for the complexity of the surgery.

“When you have that much knowledge embedded in a team, these surgeries become very safe and very reliable,” said Matthew Geck, Co-Chief of Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center.

Recovery is expected to take about three days in the hospital and a little over three weeks before patients are back to most normal activity.

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