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What about Vbt?

It is used now also in adults. Is there someone here considering it?
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,057
    Vicmac, Welcome to Spine Health!! Would you mind being a little more specific. I, for one do not know what Vbt stands for. The one thing I do know would not apply to the rest of your statement.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello VicMac !
    Are speaking of ....Vertebral body tethering ?

    Otherwise, I do not  know what VBT means either.

    Would you be willing to share a little about yourself and issues for responses from members with shared experiences.
    A little background in what brought you to this question. Is this something you are considering?

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  • Yes, it is Vertebral body tethering and yes, I'm considering it for may daughter who is a young adult. I only heard about fusion in forums and Vbt is not certainly somethisng too new. 
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,057
    Vicmac, I had never heard of VBT until now. But I did some research on it. So, you probably know all of this but for others I will post what I researched.
    Verbal Body Tethering for scoliosis surgery. Fusionless method using a vertebral tethering system, which involves placing screws on the outer side of the curve and then pulling them taunt with a cord so the spine straightens. Compared to spinal fusion, fusionless surgery has the potential benefit of retaining more spinal mobility.
    Very interesting.
    How long has your daughter had scoliosis?
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  • About my daughter we discovered her scoliosis 7years ago and I think fusion is not a good solution. I always asked why Vbt was not used in adults with flexibles spines and fortunately now there are same cases. It surprise me too much that people in scoliosis forums or groups never heard before about Vbt. It's a reversible surgery, disks are not removed, movements are alowed.. it has nothing to do with the really very much old fusion.
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,057
    Vicmac, funny how you would think all surgeons would know about this procedure.
    But they all have different ways of doing things. And sometimes it takes us talking to them about different options.
    Good luck and please keep us posted on what you find out.
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  • VicMacVVicMac Posts: 3
    edited 12/19/2018 - 2:53 AM
    Thanks Memerainbolt, I want to know if anyone is considering this kind of non-fuision surgery that was first applied in kids, then in teens and recently in a few adults.[edit]
  • Hi VicMac, I am currently suffering from scoliosis (70 degree curvature)  and I am 29. I have also just yesterday found out about the VBT, and want to know how much you know about it please. Thanks, Kay 

  • Sent PM to member about Forum rule and use of DR,etc. - Ron 10/17

    I have been referring patients to Dr Samdani and Shriners in Philadelphia.  As a part of the hospital's mission to educate, I was invited to observe a VBT surgery.  I was very impressed by a few important things.  The team in the OR was like a finely oiled machine.  The procedure was done with minimal blood loss.  5 1-2 inch incisions were used instead of having to open up the entire back. It is a great alternative to rod surgery, but unfortunately not suitable for all.  The basic idea is to use the remaining growth of the patient to pull the spine straight against the tether.  I have heard that some surgeons will offer the procedure to larger curves and skeletally mature patients, so getting an opinion from various surgeons is   the correct path.

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,643

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it. If they return we can reopen the discussion.


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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