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This Magnetic System Eases the Need for Scoliosis Surgery (Video)

Scoliosis PatientStanley Wesemeyer, age 6, may not understand how the magnetic rod in his back treats his scoliosis. But he was definitely looking forward to attending Cub Scout camp for the first time ever this summer — instead of having surgery.

Wesemeyer had early-onset scoliosis, which left him with a severe curve in his spine by age 2. The treatment at the time required follow-up surgeries every 6 months to replace a metal rod attached to his spine.

But all that has changed thanks to a magnetic device implanted by Ryan Goodwin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon.

Watch the video.