Fusionless scoliosis correction using shape memory alloy staples

Verzin, Eugene J., Izatt, Maree T., Adam, Clayton J., Labrom, Robert D., & Askin, Geoffrey N. (2010) Fusionless scoliosis correction using shape memory alloy staples. In Stanford, Ralph & Williamson, Owen (Eds.) Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, 9-11 April 2010, Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch. (Unpublished)

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Severe spinal deformity in young children is a formidable challenge for optimal treatment. Standard interventions for adolescents, such as spinal deformity correction and fusion, may not be appropriate for young patients with considerable growth remaining. Alternative surgical options that provide deformity correction and protect the growth remaining in the spine are needed to treat this group of patients 1, 2. One such method is the use of shape memory alloy staples. We report our experience to date using video-assisted thoracoscopic insertion of shape memory alloy staples. A retrospective review was conducted of 13 patients with scoliosis, aged 7 to 13 years, who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic insertion of shape memory staples. In our experience, video-assisted thoracoscopic insertion of shape memory alloy staples is a safe procedure with no complications noted. It is a reliable method of providing curve stability, however the follow up results to date indicate that the effectiveness of the procedure is greater in younger patients.

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ID Code: 32835
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: shape memory alloy staples, fusionless scoliosis correction, spinal deformity, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), Thoracoscopic surgery
Subjects: 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 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2010 21:49
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:05

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