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With scoliosis, at what point will harrington rods be helpful?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: 50 degrees

Generally surgery is recommended for curves that are greater than 50 degrees.
While we still use dual rod constructs, they are no longer harrington rods. Scoliosis over 45- 50 degrees is said to progress a degree a year in maturity. At 90-100 degrees respiratory function is impacted. Lesser scoliosis does not typically progress.

In brief: 50 degrees

Generally surgery is recommended for curves that are greater than 50 degrees.
While we still use dual rod constructs, they are no longer harrington rods. Scoliosis over 45- 50 degrees is said to progress a degree a year in maturity. At 90-100 degrees respiratory function is impacted. Lesser scoliosis does not typically progress.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not Harrington

Most current spine surgeons do not use harrington instrumentation, since there are better corrective techniques with modern instrumentation.
With a major curve over 40 degrees, especially with curve progression, most surgeons would advocate corrective fusion.

In brief: Not Harrington

Most current spine surgeons do not use harrington instrumentation, since there are better corrective techniques with modern instrumentation.
With a major curve over 40 degrees, especially with curve progression, most surgeons would advocate corrective fusion.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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