VBS is the newest treatment option available. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that substantially corrects scoliosis at the time of surgery. Unlike traditional fusion, VBT allows for continued growth and mobility of the entire spine as well as additional straightening of the spine as the adolescent finishes growing. VBT is best suited for curves 35° to 70°, which are still somewhat flexible
The minimally invasive ApiFix system incorporates a miniature ratchet mechanism that captures incremental corrections performed by the patient according to the physical therapy regimen. The deformity correction process spans several months to allow the soft tissues to accommodate any minor correction. The ApiFix system is inserted through a small incision in the patient’s back and uses only two screws to support its ratchet-based, small expandable rod.