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.
Brian Grottkau, MD
Brian Grottkau, MD
Chief, Children's Orthopaedics
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Children's Orthopaedics Service
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Boston, MA 02114
Mass General Orthopaedics: Children's Orthopaedics in Danvers
102-104 Endicott Street
Lower Level 00
Danvers, MA 01923
- MD, Harvard Medical School
- Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital*****
- Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Boston
- Fellowship, New England Baptist Hospital
- Fellowship, University of California Davis Medical Center
American Board Certifications
- Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
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Dr. Grottkau's research interests are in a variety of areas:
- Dr. Grottkau is a Principal Investigator with the Laboratory for Therapeutic 3D Bioprinting. Through the Lab, Dr. Grottkau and his team bioprint live micro-tissues that are comparable to human tissues for therapeutic purposes including tissue regeneration, organ regeneration and anticancer therapy.
- Pediatric trauma: Dr. Grottkau studies various aspects of pediatric trauma. He is researching the demographics, injuries sustained, residual disabilities and other aspects of children who have suffered falls.
- Radiological evaluation of elbow fractures in children: Dr. Grottkau is researching this topic utilizing multidetector CT technology. He has published numerous articles about this topic.
- Treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Dr. Grottkau is researching this area, in conjunction with the Lab for Tissue Engineering at MGH, to develop an effective intervention in the treatment of this disease utilizing autogenous stem cells.
- Cai X, Zhang Y, Yang X, Grottkau BE, Lin Y. Uniaxial cyclic tensile stretch inhibits osteogenic and odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp stem cells. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2010 Sep 8.
- Grottkau BE, Purudappa PP, Lin YF. Multilineage differentiation of dental pulp stem cells from green fluorescent protein transgenic mice. Int J Oral Sci. 2010 Mar;2(1):21-7.
- Grottkau BE, Rebello G, Merlin G, Winograd JM. Coaptive film versus subcuticular suture: comparing skin closure time after posterior spinal instrumented fusion in pediatric patients with spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 1;35(23):2027-9.
- Hart ES, Grottkau BE. Intraoperative neuromonitoring in pediatric spinal deformity surgery. Orthop Nurs. 2009 Nov-Dec;28(6):286-92.
- Shannon EG, Hart ES, Grottkau BE. Clavicle fractures in children: the essentials. Orthop Nurs. 2009 Sep-Oct;28(5):210-4; quiz 215-6.
- Hart ES, Metkar US, Rebello GN, Grottkau BE. Femoroacetabular impingement in adolescents and young adults. Orthop Nurs. 2009 May-Jun;28(3):117-24; quiz 125-6.
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