Magnetic Growing Rods - In the News

Growing Rods Presentation at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
Magnetically controlled growing rods yield similar curve correction as traditional growing rods in pediatric scoliosis patients but require fewer surgeries. See this article published March 13th, 2014 on

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Pioneering Surgery at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
In a revolutionary treatment for early-onset scoliosis (EOS), a team of surgeons implanted adjustable growing rods in two children from California. The pioneering surgeries — the first ever in the United States — were performed on May 7th, 2013 at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Compassionate Use approval to use the MAGEC™ (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System, developed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc., for these two patients.

Dr. Behrooz A. Akbarnia, a world-renowned pioneer in advanced treatments for scoliosis in young children, led the surgeries. Dr. Akbarnia is Medical Director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders and Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Diego. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Burt Yaszay and Dr. Gregory Mundis, who are also members of the early-onset scoliosis program at Rady Children’s Hospital, participated in the procedures. 

The surgery was extensively covered in the press.

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