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.
John T. Braun, MD
John T. Braun, MD
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Pediatric Spine & Scoliosis Surgeon, Mass General Hospital for Children
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Mass General: Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3E
Boston, MA 02114-2696
- MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery
- Fellowship, University of Minnesota
American Board Certifications
- Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
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Dr. Braun’s research has focused on scoliosis for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of fusionless scoliosis surgery and scoliosis genetics. In 1998, Dr. Braun established a novel experimental model for progressive scoliosis that allowed for the study of various fusionless scoliosis surgery treatments.
From 1998-2010, this research allowed for analysis of the biology and biomechanics of fusionless treatments and their affects on the histology and biochemistry of the discs, vertebra, and growth plates. Over this time, Dr. Braun accomplished more basic science research and pre-clinical testing of fusionless scoliosis surgery treatments than any other center worldwide. Also during this time, Dr. Braun’s genetic research established adolescent idiopathic scoliosis as a familial condition and identified prognostic genetic markers for scoliosis.
Dr. Braun’s early research provided a foundation for anterior vertebral body tethering as a fusionless scoliosis surgery alternative for patients with severe and progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who wanted to avoid fusion. Since performing the first successful tethering procedure in 2010, Dr. Braun has continued to pioneer this novel treatment with ongoing research. His tethering studies have shown improvements in the 3D deformity of scoliosis, as well as in spinal alignment and balance; demonstrated effectiveness in more mature and less mature patients; and demonstrated a low rate of complications and additional procedures over almost a 10 year period. All of this research set the stage for FDA HDE approval of a first-of-its-kind tethering device for the treatment of scoliosis in August, 2019.
- Braun JT, Akyuz E, Ogilvie JW, Bachus KN. The Efficacy and Integrity of Shape Memory Alloy Staples and Bone Anchors with Ligament Tethers in the Fusionless Treatment of Experimental Scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg 87:2038-2051, 2005.
- Braun JT, Hines JL, Akyuz E, Vallera C, Ogilvie JW. Relative Versus Absolute Modulation of Growth in the Fusionless Treatment of Experimental Scoliosis. Spine 31(16):1776-82, 2006.
- Ogilvie JW, Braun JT, Argyle V, Nelson L, Meade M, Ward K. The Search for Idiopathic Scoliosis Genes. Spine 31 (6): 679-681, 2006.
- Akyuz E, Braun JT, Brown N, Bachus K. Static Versus Dynamic Loading in the Mechanical Modulation of Vertebral Growth. Spine. 31(25):E952-E958, 2006.
- Hunt KJ, Braun JT, Christensen BA. “The Effect of Two Clinically Relevant Fusionless Scoliosis Implant Strategies on the Health of the Intervertebral Disc: Analysis in an Immature Goat Model.” Spine 35(4):371-377, 2010.
- Braun JT. “Three-Dimensional Analysis of Severe AIS Curve Correction with Anterior Vertebral Tethers.” Twenty-third Annual Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Washington, DC, July 14, 2016.
- Braun JT. “Anterior Vertebral Tethering in the Treatment of AIS: A Comparison of Skeletally Immature versus More Mature Patients.” 52nd Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 8, 2017.
- Braun JT. “Complications and Additional Procedures Following Anterior Vertebral Tethering for AIS: An Eight Year Experience.” 52nd Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 19, 2019.
- Patient Story
- Feb | 12 | 2021
Dance and musical theater have been Meg’s greatest passions since she was 3—and without a critical surgery to correct her scoliosis, her performance career almost ended prematurely.
- Staff Story
- Dec | 18 | 2019
During mid-winter 2019, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) welcomed two new physicians to the team, including the hospital’s first pediatric sports orthopaedic surgeon.