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12/14/20news article

Dayton Children’s first in Ohio to offer new minimally-invasive approach to spine surgery with ApiFix

the hospital is one of the first 20 sites selected for the procedure in the country

Dayton Children’s Hospital performed the first ApiFix spinal procedure in the state of Ohio on November 12, offering children who need surgery to correct scoliosis the opportunity to be among the first in the country to benefit from the latest innovation in care. The hospital is one of the first 20 sites selected for the procedure in the country. 

The ApiFix system offers substantial benefits over a traditional fusion surgery to straighten a curved spine, including a smaller incision, faster operation and shorter hospital stay. It also naturally expands as the child grows and allows for greater range of motion.   

The U.S. News and World Report Best Children’s Hospital ranked orthopedics division at Dayton Children’s has long been on the leading edge of innovation. Michael Albert, MD, chief, division of orthopedics, was the first surgeon in the country to use the BandLoc spine correction system in 2018 and trained surgeons internationally on its use. Dayton Children’s is also the only children’s hospital in the country to offer Scolio-Pilates, a treatment option that improves flexibility, strength and quality of life in young scoliosis patients.  

“We are always looking for new ways to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction,” says Dr. Albert. “The ApiFix system will allow kids to have a faster recovery and less pain than traditional treatment for scoliosis—with recovery being measured in days, not months.” 

The Dayton Children’s spine team knows that each child needs a customized approach that’s just right for them. They offer a variety of techniques including Mehta casting, bracing and numerous operative techniques such as: ApiFix, spinal fusion, sublaminar band technique (BandLoc), anterior tethering procedures and Shilla procedures.  

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