Jin-Ho Hwang, Hitesh N. Modi, Seung-Woo Suh, Jae-Hyuk Yang, Jae-Young Hong


March 2014, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 543 - 549 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-013-3048-2

First Online: 18 December 2013

Purpose

To compare radiological and clinical results in patients operated for neuromuscular scoliosis with pelvic fixation using high-modularity spinopelvic screw (HMSP) designed by authors.

Methods

Of 54 patients with neuromuscular scoliosis, group 1 comprised of 27 patients with conventional pelvic fixation; and group 2 comprised of 27 patients using HMSP. Results were evaluated radiologically and functionally. We compared preoperative and postoperative complications, especially the loosening or breakage of spinopelvis fixation device, failure of fixation, and the change of shadow around the spinopelvis fixation device.

Results

There was no difference of correctional power, preoperative average Cobb’s angle of each group was 79.8 and 75 to postoperative 30.2 and 28.3 (P  0.05). Average blood loss was 2,698 ml in group 1 and 2,414.8 ml in group 2 (P > 0.05). Average operative time was 360 min in group 1 and 332 min in group 2 (P = 0.30). There was no difference found between two groups regarding gait and functional evaluation. On the all cases of group 1 and 2, the change of shadow around the spinopelvis fixation device was observed. There was one case of the fracture of spinopelvis fixation device in group I.

Conclusion

There was no difference of Cobb’s angle and correctional power between the groups using HMSP when compared with the group using standard spinopelvis fixation device. Therefore, HMSP can be used more effectively in case of neuromuscular scoliosis.


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