Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Early Adopter of Magnetically Controlled Growing Rod System

Orthopaedic surgeons at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital have started to employ a new, innovative technology that uses a magnetically controlled growing rod system, MAGnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC™), to correct early onset scoliosis (EOS). Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2014, MAGEC provides a noninvasive distraction alternative to conventional growing rod systems, reducing the need for frequent surgery and anesthesia. Douglas Armstrong, M.D., chief, pediatric orthopaedics, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, specializes in treating pediatric scoliosis and welcomed the new device, explaining, “We currently have more than 12 patients who have a MAGEC system in place for treatment of EOS. The expansion is performed in the clinic every three months, as an office visit.” Continue reading “Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital Early Adopter of Magnetically Controlled Growing Rod System”