Tiffany Connelly recently spoke with the FOX station in Atlanta about her daughter’s journey with early-onset scoliosis (EOS). Her daughter Anna is now an active fifth grader, even competing in kids races.
Tiffany noticed a curve at the top of Anna’s spine when she was six. She explained to the reporter that because Anna was so thin and small, it made the curve really noticeable. It was then that Anna was diagnosed with EOS.
Anna’s initial treatment was bracing, sometimes having to wear a brace for 23 hours a day. It wasn’t working because her curve was growing sharper and she was in more pain. Anna also explained to the reporter that the brace was not letting her do a lot of the things she wanted to do and more importantly, was making it more difficult for her to breathe as well.
Anna always enjoyed running, especially with her dad, so this treatment was particularly difficult. She even stopped wanting to run with her dad.
After Anna’s curve started to approach 60° and she needed surgery, Anna’s parents started to research their options. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Schmitz of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta talked to them about the MAGEC® system. The innovative system uses magnetic technology with adjustable growing rods and an External Remote Controller to help avoid the need for planned lengthening surgeries, and simplifies the care and journey of an EOS patient.
Anna told the reporter that normally doctors would have to perform surgery on her every six months. She explained the relief on getting her rods lengthened externally with MAGEC and not having to be nervous anymore.
Anna is back to running and riding her bike, grateful to her doctor and MAGEC.
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Important Safety Information: http://bit.ly/2c0fBzs. Results may vary. The [MAGEC System] is for prescription use only by the order of a physician and is not appropriate for many patients, including but not limited to, patients who: (i) have infections or pathologic conditions of bone which would impair the ability to securely fix the device (e.g. osteoporosis or osteopenia), (ii) have metal allergies and sensitivities to the implant materials (e.g., titanium), (iii) have pacemakers or other active, electronic devices, (iv)are unwilling or incapable of following postoperative care instructions, (v) are younger than two years old, (vi) weigh less than 25 lbs. (11.4 kg), or (vii) have stainless steel wires or other implants containing incompatible materials]. Potential risks following surgery utilizing the [MAGEC System] include: [infection, pain, and loss of distraction due to the loosening, fracturing, corroding or migrating of the metallic implants]. This is not intended to be a complete list of the possible complications. Please contact your physician to discuss all potential risks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this post, please contact [email protected].