Study of the Surgical Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis Using a Non-invasive Growing Rod
It is current practice for children who have surgery for early onset scoliosis (EOS) to be treated with insertion of extendable implants known as growth rod systems. This allows the growth potential of the child to be maximised during the period of growth. However, the child must undergo an average of 6 further surgeries to lengthen the rods every 6 months. Sometimes this may continue for several years. This requires repeated general anaesthesia and places the patient at risk of complications as well as on-going costs to the hospital with each admission and theatre episode.
Magec is a magnetic growth rod from Ellipse technologies (distributed by SurgiC). The rod is inserted in exactly the same way as the conventional growth rod systems. The base implants i.e screws and hooks remain the preferred choice of the user. The only change is that a different rod is used.
There are several advantages to this device. Firstly, after the initial insertion, further lengthenings, unlike current systems, do not need to be carried out in theatre under a general anaesthetic. In contrast, they can be done in an outpatients setting with a non-invasive technique. The rods are lengthened using an external magnetic device. The lengthenings are done in a controlled manner using an age related growth guide. Thirdly, the change from a theatre based intervention to an outpatient procedure will have cost-savings. The investigators also believe that there will be psychosocial benefits to the child and family by the avoiding the stress associated with repeated surgery at such a young age.
In terms of risk assessment the device does not place the child at any more risk than would be expected from inserting any of the existing systems. In the event of failure of the rods the worst outcome is a revision to conventional rods.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||A Prospective Cohort Study of the Surgical Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis Using a Remotely Expandable Device for Non-invasive Lengthening of a Growing Rod (Magec™) and Its Performance in Prevention of Progression of Scoliosis.|
- To Assess the Safety and effectiveness of a Magnetic Growth Rod [ Time Frame: 2 Years From Final Recruitment Date ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2016|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01362881
|Leeds Teaching Hospitals|
|Leeds, United Kingdom|
|Oxford University NHS Trust|
|Oxford, United Kingdom|
|Principal Investigator:||Colin Nnadi||Consultant Surgeon|