I found this story about ApiFix on Business Wire, here. Its a new type of surgical treatment for scoliosis where a ratchet device is inserted.
Though we’re not at a point of considering surgery for our girls, I try to keep up on all new treatments related to scoliosis and will share some of the more interesting items as I can.
Pluses for this approach are supposed to include much shorter and less invasive surgery as well as less stiffness of the back (fewer affected vertebrae).
The video, found at the above link, mentions that this is approved in Europe but not, yet, in the US.
Here’s the ApiFix website.
Personally, my first question was; How do you avoid over correction if the patient bends too far? My guess, for what its worth, is that the ratchet is gauged to not be able to go too far for the specific patient.
Regardless, this seems like something to keep an eye on.
My Standard Disclaimer: I am not, in any way, medically trained and you should seek professional medical advice before making any decisions based on information found here.