If your child has a worsening spinal deformity, but their body will still be growing, we can implant standard spinal growing rods.
Growing rods allow for the chest and lungs to continue to grow while controlling the deformity. Standard growing rods are placed in the back during surgery. The area of the curve is spanned by one or two rods, and they are attached to the spine above and below by hooks or screws.
Your child will recover in the hospital. This normally takes a few days. Your child will return approximately every six months for a lengthening procedure to help the rods keep up with their growth.
Lengthening surgeries are normally an outpatient surgery in which your child gets to go home on the same day. Once your child is done growing, they will often have a final surgery for posterior spinal fusion in order to prevent any further spinal deformity.
Shilla growing rods
The Shilla growing rod technique provides initial correction to the most deformed portion of the spine with instrumentation and fusion.
This procedure involves the placement of screws and rods, but allows a certain amount of spine flexibility to prevent auto-fusion and stiffness of the spine. The procedure guides the growth of the abnormal spine to a more normal shape and position. This procedure does not require surgical lengthening.