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03/05/2013

Device to correct scoliosis with gradual ratcheting

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    I suggest a new, minimally invasive method for treating Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
    Currently, the method for treating AIS involves a long and expensive surgical procedure. In contrast, the new system will consist of a small ratchet mechanism implant attached to the center of the main spine curvature. The implant will use only two screws and the implant procedure will create a much smaller scar than current methods. After the hour-long surgery, the patient then will undergo physical therapy treatments that will cause the implant to gradually move the spine into the correct position, capturing the small corrections performed by the patient. The correction process will extend over months to allow the soft tissues to accommodate the new position.
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