Stories about: Michael Glotzbecker

Helping your patients manage scoliosis and brace-wearing

Managing scoliosis Notes lead image

For many patients with idiopathic scoliosis, wearing a brace can be a stressful and challenging endeavor. Throughout this process, supporting and encouraging your patient can be just as crucial to their treatment’s success as monitoring the brace-wearing regimen.

Michael Glotzbecker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in the Spinal Program at Boston Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, and Deborah Cranford, RN, a nurse at Boston Children’s who works closely with scoliosis patients, provide insights and tips on how clinicians can help patients better manage their scoliosis treatment.

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Preparing patients for spinal fusion surgery

A nurse assists as a spinal fusion surgery patient practices giving a medical dummy an IV drug.
Hands-on experience before surgery day: A simulation of what to expect during spinal fusion surgery.

Several studies have contributed to the school of thought that thoroughly preparing patients for surgery can reduce their anxiety and even lead to better recoveries and outcomes. That notion appears to be corroborated by the first-hand experience of Michael Glotzbecker, MD, a pediatric spine specialist and surgeon in the Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program.

“In my experience, patients do better when they are well prepared for surgery,” says Glotzbecker. …Read More