Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods for Early Onset Scoliosis
Children’s National Health System is among the first in the country to offer a spinal growing rod for children with scoliosis. The MAGEC™ (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Growing Rod is a non-invasive treatment for children with early onset scoliosis.
After the initial procedure to implant the rod, doctors use an external remote control outside of the body to lengthen the magnetically controlled rod as a child grows. At Children’s National, we perform follow-up care in the office. It’s non-invasive, making the adjustments easier for patients during their course of treatment, because they need fewer surgeries.
Benefits of the Growing Rod
Growing rods can correct or control severe curvatures of the spine. Traditional treatment uses rods that require surgeries about twice a year to manually lengthen the rod while a child is still growing. With the growing rod, the rod is magnetically controlled with the external remote control, so our orthopaedic surgeons can lengthen the rod in a non-invasive way during a child’s course of treatment.
Our orthopaedic surgeons lengthen the rod every three to four months in the office using the electronic remote control. The procedure takes only a few minutes. We monitor the scoliosis and treatment progress with radiographs.
The benefits include fewer surgeries, less time for the procedure, and less pain.
Who May Be Eligible for the Growing Rod?
The MAGEC rod is approved for children with scoliosis greater than 50 degrees in magnitude and under 10 years of age.
For more information, call 202-476-2112.