How is the ApiFix procedure different than fusion?
The ApiFix procedure utilizes a unilateral approach, which means surgeons expose and work on one side of the spine. In fusion procedures, surgeons are typically working on and implanting devices on both sides of the spine.
In a spinal fusion procedure, scoliosis correction is achieved by permanently fusing 7 to 12 vertebrae of the spinal column. The ApiFix procedure enables curve correction, but does not fuse 7 to 12 vertebrae, which preserves motion compared to fusion surgeries.
The ApiFix procedure uses three anchor points while fusions could use more than 10 anchor points to treat similar size curves.