Re: Insertion of growth rod
Growth rods are put in children who have more growing to do. It keeps the spine relatively straight until they have grown sufficiently. The rods are lengthened every 6 months then, when most of the growth has occurred, they have spinal fusion. Spinal fusion is where they get the spine as straight as they can and fix with rods and screws. There shouldn't be a need for further surgery after that one.
Mum to Maddy aged 14. Maddy is a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital and had a growth rod inserted in November 2007. In March 2011 the growth rod was removed because the curve became too strong. In May 2011 Maddy had anterior release, 2 weeks traction on a Stryker Frame and then spinal fusion.