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    VBT Approved for AIS

    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    That's very good news. Now there should be no problem getting insurance to cover.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Nice to see this approval. Nice to see the Zimmer-Harm-SRS registries, they are tools for tracking evidence.

    They should do this on all scoliosis patients. Tethering does not cover everybody....

    There is immense value to the historical records in scoliosis and orthopedics.

    Ed
    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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Here is the HARMS page
    http://hsg.settingscoliosisstraight....-hsg-research/

    I see they are doing 5500 patients age 10-21 all surgeries. (1st green box)

    Long term studies is the (4th green box)

    Ed
    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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Tethering does not cover everybody....
    You can say that again. Newton is turning away 80% and only tethering 20%.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    FDA approval for ZIMMER instrumentation and only for growing spines. However this will undoubtedly help spearhead more research accross the globe. Apparently insurance in US still denying it as so many VBT surgeons out of network for patients - however not because it's experimental anymore.

    What we need now us a clear path of diagnosis for each patient for eligibility for VBT by consults so that patuents and parents can put pressure on its availability.

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    That's great news but the issue of out of network doctors affects EVERY field of medicine, not just pediatric orthopedics. It is a potential problem for everyone with that type of insurance for every condition.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
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    Yes I see. In UK approval will foster further research but we will srillhave the problem of needing to prove that it is cost effective and surgeons will have to stop ignoring the problems that fusion causes when ageing into 40 and 50 in order for it to replace the gold standard of fusion.

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