Vertebral Body Tethering is a growth modulation technique that is aimed at restraining growth on one side (the convex side) of the spine while allowing growth on the other side (the concave shorter side) to continue as normal. This procedure is offered to children before their pubescent growth spurt, who have a significant scoliosis that is not responsive to any other treatment.The aim of this guided, growth friendly intervention is that it will result in some correction of the scoliosis curvature as the spine continues to grow and therefore not require any further intervention in the future.
The surgery is performed as a minimally invasive or keyhole procedure under a special anaesthetic.
This procedure is not guaranteed to work and if the scoliosis continues to progress then it may require further surgery or in some cases a definitive spinal fusion at a later date.
X-rays before surgery:
X-rays after surgery:
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For patients with appointments, if you are suffering any symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath or have recently travelled interstate, overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from interstate or overseas, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our friendly reception team before attending the clinic. A telehealth appointment may be an alternative method of speaking with our surgeons.
During this current outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus we want to assure all of our patients that we will continue to implement procedures to maintain a hygienic clinical environment. This includes:
- Disinfecting and wiping down all treatment surfaces
- Regular cleaning of rooms and shared equipment
- Thorough cleaning of all communal items including reception chairs, tables, door handles, pens and other shared items
- All staff have access to infection control procedures and training to implement these as necessary
We are carefully monitoring the directions and advice of Queensland Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization. In the meantime, it is still business as usual and our doors are open.
Briz Brain & Spine wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused and thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented situation.