Tethering surgery aims to correct spinal curvature and maintain the spine’s natural growth, mobility and function. The surgery involves a minimally invasive approach for placement of screws and a tether along the outer portion of the spinal curvature.
A spine affected by scoliosis shows evidence of a lateral, or sideways, curvature, and a rotation of the back bones (vertebrae), giving the appearance that the person is leaning to one side.
Scoliosis is defined as a sideways curve of the spine. A normal spine appears straight when viewed from behind, whereas a spine affected by scoliosis looks like an “S” or “C” when viewed from behind.
Mass General surgeons developed the Anterior Vertebral Tethering System as a spinal growth modulation device that offers a minimally invasive, fusionless treatment option for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients.
The Neurosurgery Spine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers surgical treatment options for the entire spectrum of complex spinal disorders, treating the most challenging cases in the world.
Our multi-disciplinary Spine team uses non-operative therapies and advanced surgical techniques to treat all spine conditions and disorders. We want to get you back to doing the things you love.
The vast majority of patients that are identified as having scoliotic curves require no treatment other than regular check-ups so that their curves can be measured and monitored.
El Programa de Neurocirugía de Columna Vertebral de Massachusetts General Hospital ofrece opciones de tratamiento quirúrgico para todo el espectro de trastornos complejos de la columna vertebral, tratando los casos más difíciles del mundo.
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