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Thread: "Revolutionary' operation to straighten boy's curved spine"

  1. #1
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    Nov 2010
    British Columbia

    "Revolutionary' operation to straighten boy's curved spine"

    Interesting article, and it's our very own Dr. Krajbich that will be performing this surgery! I'll definitely be following this story. :-)
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon

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    May 2008

    This is very exiting! Thx for posting.

    This vid will help explain.

    Last edited by titaniumed; 11-26-2011 at 02:39 PM.
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  3. #3
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    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Brilliant in its simplicity! Great news.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Mar 2010
    Simply incredible! Now, this really puts stress on the importance of EARLY detection, so the PCP's will need to be more educated and really step it up a notch.

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    Mar 2009
    Absolutely brilliant!

    I believe technology like this will eventually be developed for adults just as dental bracing is now regularly used for adults.

    This is what I was waiting to see. It's a game changer.
    Last edited by Dingo; 11-27-2011 at 11:09 AM.

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    Mar 2009
    This is Dr. Kiester's invention and he received a patent on it this summer. If anyone remembers, he's the doc at UC Irvine we discussed a couple of years ago when I noticed he stated that he had found the mechanical cause of AIS. Dingo then interviewed him and his interview is in the archives of this forum.

    The tight ligament theory certainly seems to apply to my daughter's case where every growth spurt she had her curve and shoulder blade sticking out looked much worse and then when the growth spurt subsided her spine went back to before, like she had a tether somewhere pulling her spine while she grew.

    A Patent was awarded for Dr. Kiester’s Scoliosis Treatment Device.

    August 2011

    Dr. Douglas Kiester’s surgically implanted device that treats scoliosis in children by internally stretching the spine was awarded a US patent in July of 2011. With this device in place, a child’s spine can “grow” (be lengthen) in the doctor’s office without sedation or anesthetic to either accommodate growth or improve the scoliosis. This device is not available yet in the United States, It has preformed well in international placement in patients.

    Scoliosis (a sideward bending of the spine) in adolescent children is called Adolescent Scoliosis. Dr. Kiester has shown with animal models, computer 3D radiographic analysis, specimen analysis, using 3D computer simulations, and surgical experience that adolescent scoliosis is mechanically caused by a tight ligament that doesn’t stretch enough to allow for normal growth. The spinous processes are bony prominences that you can touch in the middle of your back. Scoliosis is cuased by the ligament these spinous processes together. Dr. Kiester’s device allows a doctor to stretch those ligaments slowly, by degrees, over time.Adult scoliosis is very different. It is caused by a rotated disk that collapses during aging. Sometimes re-elevating the disk with a fusion done through a small incision from the side is enough to correct the problem. Sometimes the best answer is to leave the scoliosis alone. Sometimes it is necessary to use rods and screws from the back to correct the curve.

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    Mar 2009
    Here's another article from Britain regarding this surgery. The surgery was tested in other countries before it has come back to the US.

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    Mar 2009
    Sorry to confuse everyone. The device mentioned in the original post is not Dr. Kiester's invention. The MAGEC device mentioned in Titanium Ed's post and video link and my post of the Daily Mail article is Dr. Kiester's device. You can see the difference between the two devices if you look at the Daily Mail article and this interesting link and video:

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