The market for ApiFix surpasses $1.15 billion globally, with ApiFix receiving the CE mark in 2012. Surgeons have used ApiFix in more than 100 operations. B. Braun and Trendlines partnered last year, with the two companies working together on new investment opportunities as well as devising new products. B. Braun took on a lead position in ApiFix’s B round financing, with the company’s Aesculap division investing $2.8 million in the $5 million round. The financing round is projected to close by the end of this year.
After the initial procedure to implant the rod, doctors use an external remote control outside of the body to lengthen the magnetically controlled rod as a child grows. At Children’s National, we perform follow-up care in the office. It’s non-invasive, making the adjustments easier for patients during their course of treatment, because they need fewer surgeries.
Scoliosis is most treatable in it’s early stages but the challenge has always been how to recognize it in it in its early stages. Now there is way a way to detect it early on. “Scientists develop new symmetry-recognition system for early detection of idiopathic scoliosis” has more.
Radiography is the mainstay in idiopathic scoliosis imaging to both confirm the diagnosis and rule out any underlying conditions. Scoliosis is the presence of 1 or more lateral rotatory curves of the spine in the coronal plane. Although defined as a side-to-side deformity, it is a 3-dimensional (3D) rotational deformity. Many causes of scoliosis are known; however, 80% of them are idiopathic. Idiopathic scoliosis is a diagnosis of exclusion.
Do you have scoliosis? Do you know someone who has scoliosis? You probably know whether or not it’s idiopathic, a specific type of scoliosis that has an unknown origin (which makes treatment harder). If you want to know more about idiopathic scoliosis, look here — “Genetics and pathogenesis of idiopathic scoliosis” has what might cause it and what makes it worse.