Growing Rods Surgery
What are Growing Rods?
Growing rods surgery is a treatment for scoliosis in children who have not reached skeletal development (usually between 3 – 8 years old). Growing rod surgery is often the recommended treatment to correct the spinal curve and allow continuous growth of the spine.
How is growing rod surgery performed?
Growing rod surgery is performed through the back of the spine. Metal rods are attached to the spine and lengthened in the physician’s office via a magnet acting through the skin. The rods attach to the spine at the top and bottom of the curve.
After the treatment of growing rods for scoliosis, the child returns about every two months to have the rods lengthened to keep up with their spine's growth and development. Once the child is older and the spine has matured, the doctor will remove the rods and perform a spinal fusion.
This page was last updated on: 5/22/2018 1:25:20 PM
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Growing up, Haley Gantt suffered from scoliosis. She had to wear a back brace to prevent her curve from worsening, but unfortunately, she was later told that a spinal fusion surgery would have to be considered because the brace had failed to prevent the curve from progressing. She fought hard and got through it. An accomplished basketball player, Haley is now on her way to playing Division II basketball for Biola University in Southern California.
Learn about Scoliosis with Dr. Stephen George, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, at Nicklaus Children's Hosptial.