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Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Dr. Keith Baldwin
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Modern fixation and correction is structuraly stiffer than harrington rod fixation fors everal reasons material used and number of fixation sites why do you ask?

In brief: No
Modern fixation and correction is structuraly stiffer than harrington rod fixation fors everal reasons material used and number of fixation sites why do you ask?
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Rods are malleable
Harrington rods were straight, stainless steel rods that acted like a car jack to straighten the spine in one direction.
Which was and advancement at that time in history, modern spinal instrumentation is malleable (bendable) with special tools so surgeons can customize the rod to correct and stabilize the individual patient's condition. Rods are not flexible in the body.

In brief: Rods are malleable
Harrington rods were straight, stainless steel rods that acted like a car jack to straighten the spine in one direction.
Which was and advancement at that time in history, modern spinal instrumentation is malleable (bendable) with special tools so surgeons can customize the rod to correct and stabilize the individual patient's condition. Rods are not flexible in the body.
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
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