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 it:
Limitations of this procedure include:
Spinal fusion surgery is needed when the child is nearly finished growing.
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.
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
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