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    Willow - Instrumentation data point

    I noticed on her discharge papers that the type of instrumentation was noted. It is this:

    http://www.spinal-deformity-surgeon.com/legacy.html

    I don't recall what my other kid got but I'm assuming it is the same stuff.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Sharon

    Just wondering if Willow had the peek system installed?

    http://www.back.com/back-articles-peek-rod-system.html

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

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    That's an interesting system. I think it is mainly for lumbar fusions as far as I can tell. I hope pedicle screws solve the lumbar problems seen with previous generations of hardware. Maybe space age polymers () like this are the answer.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    I'm curious whether they'd use PEEK in the case of hypermobility/CTD ...

    (from your link, Ed)

    "Unlike their titanium and stainless steel counterparts, PEEK rods allow for some degree of adaptability. The elasticity of a PEEK rod is similar to that of the inner (cancellous) and outer (cortical) layers of natural bone."

    "Adaptability" isn't the goal in those cases, correct?

    At any rate, Sharon, I'm *thrilled* your girls are on this side and moving forward ... and I'm a big believer *everyone* should know what's taking up space in their body (or their kiddo's)!

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    Peek rods

    Pam

    I asked, you asked, so I dug this up.

    I found this video, and it answers some questions.

    First thing... Negativo for scolis, the current rods are short, pre molded, elliptical shaped little dudes, for short constructs.

    In every mechanical device, there is always a weak point. They want this "semi rigid" system to be that "weak point" The peek rod will give instead of a screw or rod breaking.

    This is graphic guys, so if you get queasy, you might not want to continue...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz65AOjabtM

    http://www.orlive.com/medtronic/vide...ek-rod-system2

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary.....

    The roadrunner cartoon also addresses weak points....
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    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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