Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: 5-year to 20-year Evidence-based Surgical Results.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Westrick ER, Ward WT.

J Pediatr Orthop. 2011; 31: S61-S68.

PMID: 21173621

This recent systematic review analyzed 39 level III/IV studies on surgery for AIS with a minimum of 5-year follow-up.  They found that surgery reliably arrests deformity progression but lacks evidence of any medical necessity.  This paper provides an excellent overview of the existing clinical literature – and its gaps.


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