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Old 19-10-2015, 05:26 PM
Dr Scoliosis Dr Scoliosis is offline
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Default Re: vertebral body tethering

Thank you for your enquiry.

Vertebral body tethering is a new surgical procedure which has not yet gone through a complete process of evaluation. What this procedure offers is the possibility of getting the spine to grow straighter over time. It is a surgical procedure with some of the same risks associated with definitive spine fusion surgery. It is only appropriate in situations in which there are still at least several years of remaining growth in the spine, otherwise it cannot work. There are likely to be restrictions on how severe a curve can be before the tether and remaining growth are not capable of growing straight. This leaves a small number of patients for whom the procedure might be appropriate and for whom there may be alternative treatment such as bracing.

There are some centres in Australia that are working on the details of which patients this procedure could be considered for and to address some of the ethical considerations that are raised when new procedures are being considered.