Vertebral body stapling procedure for the treatment of scoliosis in the growing child

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 May;(434):55-60. doi: 10.1097/01.blo.0000163472.46511.a8.


Thirty-nine consecutive patients have had vertebral body stapling of 52 curves (26 patients with one curve stapled and 13 with two). For the group with patients who were 8 years or older with less than 50 degrees preoperative curve and a minimum 1-year followup, coronal curve stability was 87% when defined by progression less than or equal to 10 degrees . Fusion was necessary in two patients. No curves less than 30 degrees at the time of stapling progressed greater than or equal to 10 degrees . Major complications occurred in one patient (2.6%, diaphragmatic hernia) and minor complications occurred in five patients (13%). Further followup of the patient cohort and further research into efficacy and indications are warranted.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Pain Measurement
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Recovery of Function
  • Risk Assessment
  • Scoliosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Scoliosis / surgery*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome