The measurement of applied forces during anterior single rod correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Fairhurst , Helen, Little, J. Paige, & Adam, Clayton J. (2009) The measurement of applied forces during anterior single rod correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. In Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research (ACSR) - Spinal Research Symposium VII , 25-27 August, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Australia. (Unpublished)


Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form of spinal deformity in paediatrics, prevalent in approximately 2-4% of the general population. While it is a complex three-dimensional deformity, it is clinically characterised by an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The treatment for severe deformity is surgical correction with the use of structural implants. Anterior single rod correction employs a solid rod connected to the anterior spine via vertebral body screws. Correction is achieved by applying compression between adjacent vertebral body screws, before locking each screw onto the rod. Biomechanical complication rates have been reported as high as 20.8%, and include rod breakage, screw pull-out and loss of correction. Currently, the corrective forces applied to the spine are unknown. These forces are important variables to consider in understanding the biomechanics of scoliosis correction. The purpose of this study was to measure these forces intra-operatively during anterior single rod AIS correction.

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ID Code: 27466
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: anterior scoliosis surgery, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, corrective forces, intra-operative forces, biomechanics of scoliosis correction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 please consult Helen Fairhurst, J. Paige Little and Clayton J. Adam
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2009 01:07
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2011 23:38

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