Maintenance of spine flexibility with the use of semi-constrained growing rods for early onset scoliosis in children

Askin, Geoffrey N., Bouthors, Charlie, Izatt, Maree T., Labrom, Robert D., & Adam, Clayton J. (2016) Maintenance of spine flexibility with the use of semi-constrained growing rods for early onset scoliosis in children. In Williams, Richard (Ed.) 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, 8-10 April 2016, Melbourne, Vic.


The growing rod (GR) technique is a fusionless surgical approach to reduce and control deformity whilst allowing the young spine to grow in early onset scoliosis. Original GR designs have resulted in a high rate of rod fracture and auto-fusion of the spine. An earlier biomechanical study has shown that semi-constrained GR allow similar axial rotation of the instrumented spine to that of an un-instrumented spine. Results indicated that the semi-constrained GR system was effective and allowed regular lengthening procedures. This new concept of GR may provide a greater deformity correction by limiting the chance of auto-fusion. A larger number of patients are required to confirm the superiority of semi-constrained GR and their ability to maintain spine mobility during GR treatment.

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ID Code: 97564
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: semi-constrained growing rods, growing rods, fusionless surgery, early onset scoliosis, juvenile scoliosis
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: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2016 The Authors
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2016 23:52
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 01:15

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