Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
These techniques involve instrumentation that guides spinal growth in a correct direction. Unlike distraction techniques, repeated surgeries are not required.
The Luque Trolley uses wires to allow the spine to grow in the desired direction as the wires slide along contoured rods. In the Shilla technique initial correction is obtained by instrumentation and fusion at the apex, or most deformed portion of the spine. Specially designed screws are placed at the ends of the deformity and slide along the contoured rods guiding the direction of the spine as it grows. These children are usually placed in a special brace for 3 months after the surgery.