Imagine what it would be like to grow up with a complex spine condition, but without access to medical care. You might not be able to attend school, or maybe the pain would prevent you from playing sports. Perhaps you’d feel embarrassed about the way you look. You might even wonder if you had reason to hope for the future.

For millions of children worldwide, this scenario is a harsh reality. At University Spine Center, we help children living with complex spine conditions by making a positive difference in their lives today and restoring their hope in tomorrow.

We work with non-profit organizations that sponsor medical missions abroad. Physicians and support staff travel to impoverished countries, providing life-changing spine surgery to children in need. In addition, the medical team donates supplies and offers training in advanced surgical techniques so that local surgeons can continue treating patients long after the mission has ended.

The University Spine Center team participated in medical missions to Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. Both missions were an opportunity to change lives and promote sustainable health care in the region. University Spine Center was privileged to give young spine patients hope for a better life.