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What is spinal stapling?

Spinal stapling is a two-hour minimally invasive surgery that involves implanting inch-long metallic staples across the growth plates of the spine. Made of a high-tech temperature-sensitive metal alloy, the staples are implanted using a thoracoscope, a camera that is inserted into the chest, with a very limited incision and minimal scar. The procedure is available to children with progressive moderate scoliosis (less than 30 degrees) who are still growing (girls up to age 14 and boys up to age 16).

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Are there alternative treatments for degenerative scoliosis?
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One alternative treatment for degenerative scoliosis is to strengthen the core muscles to take some ...
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Can I develop scoliosis as an adult?
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It is possible to develop scoliosis as an adult because of wear and tear on the spine.
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What does "idiopathic scoliosis" mean?
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Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis in young people. Scoliosis is a condition ...
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Can scoliosis be inherited?
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Whether or not scoliosis can be inherited, and the etiology for scoliosis, remains largely unknown. ...
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