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Spinal instrumentation without fusion for
scoliosis involves attaching devices (such as metal
rods, hooks, wires, and screws) in or near the spine to correct a spinal curve
without actually fusing the vertebrae together. The goal of this surgical
procedure is to stabilize a severe spinal curve in a growing child without
fusing an area of the spine that would stop growth in that area.
This procedure is used, with some limitations, on children who are
still growing and have severe spinal curves that are getting worse.
Benefits of this procedure include that
Limitations of this procedure include:
Spinal fusion surgery is needed when the child is nearly finished
Despite these limitations, the use of instrumentation
without fusion is an important alternative for some children who have severe
scoliosis and who are still growing.
July 21, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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