View Full Version : Internal scoliosis braces in development

06-18-2009, 10:54 PM
I thought someone might find this interesting.

2008 - PLATE-ROD SPINAL SYSTEM (PRSS) IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PROGRESSIVE EARLY ONSET SCOLIOSIS (http://vm-jn.wspc.com.sg/jmr/11/1101/S021895770800195X.html)

Objective: To determine the effectiveness and results of the plate-rod spinal system (PRSS) instrumentation in providing and maintaining scoliosis correction while allowing spinal growth in young children. Methods: From June 5, 2000, to July 10, 2006, a total of 23 patients with progressive early onset pediatric scoliosis underwent a one-stage PRSS procedure with no bony fusion. Analysis included age at surgery, measured changes in scoliosis angle, spinal growth, and complications. Results: The mean follow-up period was 2.8 1.4 years, and more than 5 years in five cases. The mean correction varied from 80.7 to 30.5 after surgery, with a corrective rate of 62.2%. The average scoliotic curve in the latest follow-up was 34.7 (P > 0.05), indicting no significant loss of correction. The length of growth of the instrumented spine averaged 13.3 mm. No severe complications occurred in our series. Conclusion: The PRSS, which dispenses with bony fusion, is a safe and effective instrumentation for the management of juvenile scoliosis. It provides and maintains the desirable correction in a one-stage procedure, and allows continuous spinal growth.

This looks like a competing technology

2007 - Flexible non-fusion scoliosis correction systems reduce intervertebral rotation less than rigid implants and allow growth of the spine: a finite element analysis of different features of orthobiom (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2365545)

06-18-2009, 11:05 PM
Note that this is a Chinese study, so the implants aren't likely to be available in the USA any time soon, as they would need to go through FDA approval.

06-22-2009, 04:32 PM
China has some very welle ducated students! I heard they have to study 16 hours a day for college entry tests and even hook themsleves up to oxygen machines to help them study better! I was like WOW!!! Here in the US it's likea couple hours here and there, with prep books and computer software to make it really ncie.

06-22-2009, 05:25 PM

China certainly isn't a primitive 3rd world country as it was in the past.

They are a leader in the development of stem cell therapies that treat a variety of diseases including some forms of childhood blindness.

Amazing video!
Blind, 6 year old American girl sees first images after Chinese stem cell treatment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITRAchU2C0I)

News story about a 3 year old Irish girl who flew to China to treat her blindness (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/sight-to-behold-14198896.html). (heartwarming photo at no extra charge) :)