MAGEC® System

If you have questions about treatment with the MAGEC system, please consult your health care provider.

Clinical benefits


The MAGEC system utilizes innovative magnetic technology within adjustable growing rods and an external remote controller (ERC) to help avoid distraction surgeries from the treatment for early-onset scoliosis (EOS). As a result, MAGEC helps reduce associated complication risks from repetitive surgeries, and simplifies the care and journey of an EOS patient.

The MAGEC system has magnetic resonance conditional clearance. To read more about the cleared specifications, click here.

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MAGEC patients undergo fewer surgical procedures than traditional growing rod patients while achieving the same clinical outcomes.1

Less ANESTHESIA Exposure

Fewer surgical procedures reduce the patient’s overall exposure to anesthesia, and help prevent harm to the developing brain.2,3

Minimized INFECTION Risk

Fewer surgical procedures throughout EOS treatment reduces the patient’s risk of acquiring infections.1,4

Patient Satisfaction

It has been shown that patients and families are more satisfied with MAGEC treatment compared to traditional growing rods.5


MAGEC treatment has been shown to help prevent the psychological distress and anxiety associated with repetitive distraction surgeries.2

VALUE Based Care

Even with its best-in-class technology, it has been shown that MAGEC is cost-neutral to traditional growing rod treatment.6,7

Is MAGEC right for my child?

The MAGEC system allows patients to receive the same benefits found in traditional growing rod treatment with the added benefit of noninvasive distractions. Planned distractions take place in an office setting and are generally quick and painless. As a result, your child is spared from planned distraction surgeries that can keep him or her out of school, away from friends, and in consistent recovery for extended periods of time.

By helping reduce the anxiety, cost, and time experienced with repetitive surgeries, MAGEC helps simplify care for EOS patients and families. This procedure may be used to treat the following condition:

Early onset scoliosis

1. Akbarnia BA, Pawelek JB, Cheung KM, et al. Traditional growing rods versus magnetically controlled growing rods for the surgical treatment of early-onset scoliosis: a case-matched 2-year study. Spine Deformity. 2014;2(6):493-497.
2. Yoon WW, Sedra F, Shah S, et al. Improvement of pulmonary function in children with early-onset scoliosis using magnetic growth rods. Spine. 2014;39 (15):1196-1202.
3. Backeljauw B, Holland SK, Altaye M, et al. Cognition and Brain Structure Following Early Childhood Surgery With Anesthesia. PEDIATRICS 2015;136(1):2014-3526
4. Bess S, Akbarnia BA, Thompson GH, et al. Complications of growing-rod treatment for early-onset scoliosis: analysis of one hundred and forty patients. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2010;92(15):2533-43.
5. Yazici M, Demirkiran HG, Olgun ZD, et al. Health-Related quality of life in early-onset scoliosis patients treated surgically: EOSQ scores in traditional growing rod vs. magnetically-controlled growing rods. Spine Deformity, 2016;4(6):455.
6. Polly D, Ackerman SJ, Schneider K, et al. Cost analysis of magnetically controlled growing rods compared with traditional growing rods for early-onset scoliosis in the US: an integrated health care delivery system perspective. ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research, 2016:8: 457-65.
7. Su AW, Milbrandt TA, Larson AN. Magnetic expansion control system achieves cost savings compared to traditional growth rods: an economic analysis model. Spine 2015;40(23):1851-6.