"Growth friendly" spine surgery: Management options for the young child with scoliosis

Jaime A. Gomez, Joseph K. Lee, Paul D. Kim, David P. Roye, Michael G. Vitale

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Abstract

The natural history of early onset scoliosis is dismal and associated with poor pulmonary function and increased mortality. Although limited in situ fusion may be appropriate for certain types of congenital scoliosis deformities, spinal deformity that affects young children often requires a "growth friendly" surgical approach that allows for curve control while maintaining growth of the spine and thorax. Growth-friendly surgical management of early onset scoliosis can follow a distraction-based (ie, growth rods, vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib [Synthes, West Chester, PA]), guided-growth (ie, Luque trolley technique, Shilla technique), or compression-based (ie, tethers, staples) strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-727
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Volume19
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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