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news Care, News Thursday, June 25, 2020 Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:34 PM - Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:34 PM

Robert Cho, M.D., now offers an alternative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis

Robert Cho, M.D., now offers an alternative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis

Robert Cho, M.D., of Shriners for Children Medical Center, announced today that he has performed an idiopathic scoliosis correction procedure utilizing an innovative medical device at a local partnering hospital. The Tether™ vertebral body tethering system is the only FDA-approved spinal tethering device used as an alternative to spinal fusion for children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Traditionally, this patient would have received a fusion with stiff metal rods designed to stop movement at the operated levels, potentially impacting the mobility of active children. The Tether is designed to allow the spine to bend and flex, rather than being fixed in place, and uses the patient’s natural growth process to achieve correction of scoliosis.

The Tether received Humanitarian Use Device approval for the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in 2019, making it the first pediatric scoliosis repair option to preserve motion in patients who receive treatment. Patients receiving treatment with The Tether saw the Cobb angle of their curve reduce by more than 50%, from 40.4° to 17.6° (a Cobb angle of 10° is the minimum angle for a diagnosis of scoliosis). Patients also saw a reduction in the size of their rib hump prominence from an average of 13.6° to 8.7°.

“I am very happy to be able to offer this fairly new procedure to children and their families here in Southern California," said Chief of Staff Dr. Cho. "The tether preserves the patient’s motion and uses their natural growth to correct the curvature of the spine.”