Young Early-Onset Scoliosis Patient Enjoys the Benefits of MAGEC®

Active, tree-climbing, nine-year old Emma was featured on Global News Canada for the innovative procedure that treated her early-onset scoliosis (EOS). When Emma was seven years old she was diagnosed with EOS and her doctor said her condition was severe, with a significant curve of 55˚.

Emma’s doctor made it clear what EOS could lead to if it were to be left untreated. He explained that her EOS could potentially cause cardiac or pulmonary issues later on in her life. Emma and her doctor have a close bond, she is very interactive with him and even looks over her radiographs with him.

Emma’s father Nicholas was very educated on the risks of traditional growing rod correction as well and worried that her severe EOS would mean she would have to have surgery every six months. He was thrilled to learn that the new MAGEC® procedure reduced the amount of surgeries needed. The MAGEC system works through magnetic technology within adjustable growing rods that are lengthened externally with a remote controller. As a result, and although there are risks with all surgeries, MAGEC helps to reduce the risk of associated complication from repetitive surgeries, and simplifies the treatment of patients with EOS.

Emma’s doctor performed a lengthening session featured on Global News Canada. The session took less than 30 seconds. Her doctor lengthens her rods two millimeters every six weeks. Emma is back to her old self, even showing off her tree-climbing skills for the cameras.

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Important Safety Information: 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].

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