Fusionless Treatment for Scoliosis

A new treatment option for scoliosis: fusionless surgical tethering of the spine. This treatment modulates spinal growth and may allow for correction of scoliosis. Which is something bracing can’t do, while maintaining the motion that fusion eliminates in a therapeutic manner.

About Scoliosis tethering

  • Scoliosis tethering is an alternative to scoliosis bracing when bracing is ineffective or patient is non compliant
  • Tethering may allow for moderate permanent correction of scoliosis.
  • Permanent partial or complete correction is something bracing can’t accomplish
  • Tethering is best suited for scoliosis between 20 and 50 degrees where risk for curve progression beyond 50 degrees is high.

The Situation

Scoliosis effects approximately 7 million children in the United States. Historically the surgical treatment of scoliosis has been focused on correcting the curvature and obtaining a solid fusion of the growing spine, thereby halting further progression of the deformity and restoring acceptable spinal alignment.

The Challenge

The traditional surgical approach to scoliosis correction has the disadvantages of rendering large segments of the spine immobile, limiting the functionality of the spine and placing unfused spinal segments at greater risk for premature degeneration. Fusionless treatment is a more ideal option for most children suffering from Scoliosis.

The Solution

Fusionless surgery enhances the possibility of controlling “at risk” spinal deformity without the need for fusion, achieving substantial deformity correction through a single, minimally invasive intervention while simultaneously preserving the growth, motion and function of the spine.

What We Do


Dr. Asghar specializes in the treatment of spinal deformity. When surgery is indicated Dr. Asghar provides a diverse range of options from traditional spinal deformity correction and fusion to the more innovative growth modulation (spinal tethering / stapling) and growth preservation (growing rods) techniques.

Each spine, just as each patient, is unique. Therefore, no single treatment method is applicable to all types and severity of spinal deformity. As a result Dr. Asghar is committed to identifying and providing the method of treatment most appropriate for each individual patient.

Fusionless Surgery


VBT surgery, also called fusionless surgery, is a better option for many children because it corrects the spinal curvature while maintaining the spine’s mobility. This allows the child’s spine to continue to grow and function properly. Fusion surgery, a highly-invasive scoliosis surgery, substantially limits the mobility of the spine and recovery time can be much longer. 

Dr. Asghar is an expert in fusionless surgery and he explains why it is a major step forward in the treatment of scoliosis.


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