Fusionless treatment of scoliosis

Orthop Clin North Am. 2007 Oct;38(4):541-5, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2007.07.003.


The recent investigations of convex anterior vertebral body stapling have offered promising early results with use of improved implants and techniques. The use of a shape memory alloy staple tailored to the size of the vertebral body, the application of several staples per level, the instrumentation of the Cobb levels of all curves, and the employment of minimally invasive thoracoscopic approaches all offer substantial improvements over previous fusionless techniques. Patient selection may also play a role in the current success of these fusionless treatments, with perhaps the ideal candidates for this intervention possessing smaller and more flexible curves. Long-term results of the effects on the instrumented motion segments and adjacent spine are not yet available.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Braces
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Scoliosis / surgery*
  • Surgical Stapling