What to expect from ApiFix surgery
Your child’s surgeon inserts the ApiFix device through a small opening in their back. Unlike many other types of spinal correction surgeries, the ApiFix only needs to connect to the spine in three places: two at the top and one at the bottom of the spinal curve. The device operates by distraction, which means gentle stretching of the spine. Once it is in place, your child will not usually need additional surgery.
Benefits of ApiFix
The ApiFix device offers a much better range of motion for children who still have not completed bone growth. Your orthopedic surgeon can determine your child’s growth status using x-rays and other indicators.
Young people with an ApiFix device can enjoy much greater freedom of movement. Follow-up appointments with your child’s surgeon are mainly to monitor growth and address any questions you have. The surgeon does not need to do anything to lengthen or adjust the device—it naturally expands with your child’s growth.