How is the ApiFix procedure different than anterior vertebral body tethering?
While both the ApiFix procedure and anterior vertebral body tethering (VBT) enable more motion than spinal fusion, there are differences.
The main difference is that the ApiFix procedure utilizes a posterior approach (from the back), which is a familiar approach for orthopedic surgeons. VBT, on the other hand, uses an anterior approach (from the side), which could require the patient’s lung to be deflated during the procedure. While anterior approaches to the spine are not new, posterior approaches are more commonly utilized by orthopedic surgeons.
Another difference is that the ApiFix procedure uses three anchor points, while VBT can have an anchor point at every vertebral body in the curve.