Traditional scoliosis surgery involved drilling screws into the strong pedicle parts of each vertebral bone and attaching them to...
Traditional Growth Rods
Evolution of Traditional Growth Rods
Dr. Harrington was the surgeon whose growth rod technique and implants became eponymous in scoliosis surgery. Harrington rods are placed through an initial surgery where they are anchored to the spine at the top and bottom of the construct. These bony segments may be fused, but the remaining bones in the spine are not fused and can grow over time with the child. The Harrington rods are changed out over time, with surgery up to every six months during childhood and adolescence.