A news release from Stony Brook Medicine, New York, announced the availability of a new treatment for scoliosis, affecting approximately 3% of the population. Although most cases of scoliosis are mild, the spinal deformity may get progressively severe in some children and may impair lung function in extreme instances. Current treatment for the condition employs rods that require 2x annual surgeries to manually lengthen to accommodate the child’s growth. But the new technology, called the MAGEC™ (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Growing Rod, offers a minimally-invasive alternative for children with early onset scoliosis. Following initial implant, clinicians use an external remote control outside of the body to lengthen the magnetically controlled rod as a child grows.
James Barsi, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stony Brook Medicine, asserts that the MAGECTM Spinal Growing Rod represents “…a giant leap forward in the treatment of progressive early onset scoliosis. The surgery is less invasive, making the adjustments easier for patients during their course of treatment because they need fewer surgeries. This results in less time for the procedure, and less pain for the patient.” The MAGEC rod is approved for children with scoliosis greater than 50 degrees in magnitude and under 10 years of age.
Read more about pediatric scoliosis here.
Read a news story about the new technology here.