1 MONTREAL – Canada

Avoid scoliosis with a “back device”

From 20 to 26 February - Health

Lots of children wear braces to straighten their teeth. But what if we applied the same principle to the spine? This is what the Sainte-Justine university hospital in Montreal is proposing with its new “growth modulation” surgery. To avoid scoliosis in adulthood, adolescents at risk have between 6 and 9 implants placed in the vertebrae by thoracoscopy, an operation that requires minimal incisions. These implants are connected by a wire like those used on dental devices to ensure the spine does not deform as it grows. When the skeleton has stopped growing, the device is removed.