Over time, the rods will need to be lengthened to keep up with your child’s growth. You may hear lengthening the rods called distractions.
Distractions are scheduled based on each child’s growth. Your doctor will let you know how often you’ll need to return to have the rods adjusted. It could be as often as every three months.
At these visits, the doctor will adjust the MAGEC rods using the remote control. Your child lies face down. The doctor places the remote control over your child’s spine. Magnets inside the remote cause the magnets in the rod to move and become longer or shorter as controlled by the doctor.
Distractions with the MAGEC system take about 15 minutes during an office visit. They do not cause pain.
Ultrasound is used to record changes in measurements.
The MAGEC rods are removed during surgery when:
- Your child has reached the longest length of the MAGEC rod, or
- Your child’s spine has stopped growing, or
- The doctor determines that your child has gotten the full benefit of the MAGEC rods.
After having growing rods, most children need a final spine fusion surgery to keep the correction of the deformity.