(From the November 2015 Issue of PediatricsOnline)
The implantation of either a Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib™ (VEPTR) or a growing rod is a common surgical treatment for early-onset scoliosis when curvature is greater than 50 degrees. But both devices require surgical procedures under general anesthesia approximately every six months for manually lengthening the rods as a child grows.
The MAGEC™ (Magnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System also includes a rod that must be implanted, but the need for periodic invasive procedures for manual lengthening is eliminated. Instead, an external remote control causes a magnet inside the MAGEC rod to lengthen the device.
The following case study presents the procedures and outcome for the first patient implanted with the MAGEC device at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.