Magnetic rods for curved spines mean fewer surgeries for young patients

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California offers MAGEC rods as an alternative to spine fusion surgery. MAGEC rods are magnetically controlled with the external remote control, allowing our orthopaedic surgeons to lengthen the rod in a non-invasive manner during a child’s course of treatment. Our surgeons lengthen the rod every three to four months during an out-patient clinic appointment using the remote control. The MAGEC growing rod treatment benefits include fewer surgeries, faster spine correction, and less pain.

What are the benefits of the new MAGEC Growing Rod for kids with Scoliosis?

MAGEC growing rods can correct or control severe curvatures of the spine. A traditional treatment for severe scoliosis includes spinal fusion surgery where lengthening rods are fused to the spine. The rods require surgeries about twice a year to manually lengthen the rods, straightening the curve as a child grows.

MAGEC rods offer an alternative to spine fusion surgery. MAGEC rods are magnetically controlled with the external remote control, allowing our orthopaedic surgeons to lengthen the rod in a non-invasive manner during a child’s course of treatment. Our surgeons lengthen the rod every three to four months during an out-patient clinic appointment using the remote control. The procedure takes just a few minutes!

The MAGEC growing rod treatment benefits include fewer surgeries, faster spine correction, and less pain. Despite the benefits, MAGEC rods aren’t for every patient. Our surgeons will tailor an approach that provides the best possible outcome for your child.

The management of scoliosis is individualized for each child depending on his or her age, amount of curvature, and amount of time remaining for skeletal growth. Scoliosis will require frequent examinations by your child’s physician to monitor the curve as your child grows and develops. Early detection is important. If left untreated, scoliosis can cause problems with heart and lung function.

To make an appointment, please call our referral department at (916) 453-2191. A referral coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate whether your child can benefit from care at Shriners Hospital. All care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. More information can be found on our frequently asked questions page.

 

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