2. Surgical Intervention - Growth Rods & Spinal Fusion
As children get older, the problem of scoliosis gets more serious as the impact on the organs increases. Within our group some older children have opted for surgical correction of their curves which has proved an effective way of limiting the impact of side effects on their organs.
One child has had Vpter growth rods inserted either side of their spine, attached to the shoulder blades and pelvis. These rods are adjustable in height and the child will have a small operation every 6-12 months to lengthen the rods which in turn will lengthen and straighten their spine as they grow.
Post surgery the family had issues regarding feeds, limited urine output and learning how to move the child so as not to twist the rods out of place however 5 months later routine was back to normal and the child is reported to sit much straighter and be happier in himself.