This is a lecture given by Dr. N.S. Harshavardhana, who is a spine surgeon from the United Kingdom and has worked closely with one of the developers of the magnetic growing rods. This was part of the SICOT INDIA sponsored CME conducted at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in 2017.
The talk details the development of the magnetically-driven growing rods through three generations of modifications. At present, these rods are recommended for early-onset scoliosis (age less than 10 years) as a means to control the curve until definite fusion is performed. The MAGEC rods, as they are known, do not require multiple planned surgeries for distraction, thus avoiding repetitive anesthesia in children.
Although the current evidence of its effectiveness over traditional growing rod is limited, this technology definitely has a tremendous potential to benefit our patients for the better.
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