NextInsight: Patients recovering well after scoliosis treatment with ApiFix
Editor’s note: ApiFix has developed a breakthrough minimally invasive deformity correction system for patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). The system, which received the CE mark, is available in 10 countries and has been used in more than 250 procedures.
TRENDLINES GROUP: 3 patients in S’pore recovering well after scoliosis treatment
By Leong Chan Teik, NextInsight (11 December 2018)
We learnt that 3 patients have recently been treated with the ApiFix solution in Singapore, and asked ApiFix CEO Paul Mraz about them.
Can you describe briefly the 3 surgeries done in Singapore using the ApiFix technology?
Paul: These three surgeries were … performed … in early Nov 2018 at the National University Hospital.
Two of the patients were the typical adolescent girl with mid-stage progressive scoliosis (Lenke Type 1 curves) whose deformities were both approximately 50 degrees.
The third patient was a young woman in her early 30s with a severe curve of 60 degrees. The surgeries went exceptionally well and significant curve correction was achieved for all three patients.
How did these 3 patients get on board the ApiFix treatment?
Paul: The two adolescent patients were introduced to the ApiFix MID-C System during their clinic visit to see Dr. Gabriel Liu, Head & Senior Consultant, University Spine Centre, National University Hospital.
The third patient discovered ApiFix via the Internet, contacted the company and we referred her to Prof. Gabriel.
What is the current status of the patients?
Paul: All three patients are doing well. It is a very short recovery time of 1-2 days in the hospital and 1-2 weeks to return to school or to work. That’s very different from a traditional spinal fusion surgery to correct scoliosis.