25 April 2017
Less invasive operation, maximum vertebral growth, and no stray metal particles

New plastic fixation cable for scoliosis surgery

The use of a growth guidance system using plastic fibres instead of metal cables in the treatment of abnormal spine curvature (scoliosis) in children has major benefits: maximum vertebral growth, no release of metal particles that can enter the bloodstream, and less invasive surgery. This was shown in research carried out at Maastricht UMC+. Next year, scientists expect to be able to conduct the first clinical studies using the new material.