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Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Variable: Modern scoliosis rods have different properties based on their thickness (cross sectional area) and their metallurgy (ie titanium is more flexible). Another important bit of knowledge about the implants are whether or not they are MRI safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Abnormal curvature of the spine is a symptom in which a person's spine has sideways curvature (either to the left or to the right), or has too little or too much curvature in the front-back direction. Normal front-back spine curvatures exist in the neck, the chest, the lower back, ...Read more


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Is what ?They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Is what ?They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Yes and no: The newer techniques include both anterior and posterior approaches combined to allow something called segmental fixation while placing screws in individual vertebrae and attaching them to a rod. It's not more flexible than harrington rods, it allows more attachment points and multiple more places to correct the curvature and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. ...Read more

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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery can someone start lifting things?

Ask your surgeon: I don't know why you had the rod removed. If there was no problem with the rod, and you had a successful fusion, i'm not sure why the rod was removed. Only your spine surgeon can answer this question correctly. Give him a call! ...Read more

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I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

Probably: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult?

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Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, i will try to look for it and answer it if i can. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis spinal surgery bad for your flexibility?

Fused not flexible: The reason for scoliosis surgery is to correct the deformity and/or prevent any worsening. To do this, a fusion is done which essentially stops any motion through those fused areas. However, flexibility in terms of bending can be maintained by keeping your leg and hip muscles flexible ...Read more

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What kind of spinal rod is used for scoliosis?

Metal alloy: In scoliosis surgery the rod is typically made of a metal alloy. Most commonly used are titanium and stainless steel. More recently cobalt come alloys are becoming popular. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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