The mission of the GSSG is to improve the care of patients with early onset scoliosis and related deformities through research, education and advocacy.
Why was the GSSG developed?
The GSSG was initiated through educational tutorials and multicenter data collection in 2002 in response to a growing interest about improving treatment options for early onset scoliosis. The group’s first scientific project was presented at the Scoliosis Research Society’s annual meeting in 2003. The peer response to this initial research study was overwhelming and multiple institutions asked to collaborate and participate in future research studies. Thus, the GSSG was formed. The GSSG is now an internationally recognized study group comprised of pediatric spine deformity surgeons who specialize in the treatment of early onset scoliosis and related spinal and chest wall deformities.
Who are the members of the GSSG?
The GSSG is comprised of 36 surgeon investigators at 22 centers in seven countries (Canada, Egypt, Japan, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States). All GSSG members have been trained in orthopaedic spine surgery and/or pediatric orthopaedic surgery and specialize in complex spinal deformities in young children. Study group membership consists of Active and Associate members. Active members typically see a large number of early onset scoliosis patients, contribute a large amount of research data, and lead new GSSG research studies. Associate members contribute research data on a small number of patients.
Where does the GSSG present its work?
For podium or poster presentations, the GSSG typically presents its work on an annual basis at the following professional society meetings:
Once a research study is ready for peer-review publication, the GSSG typically publishes its work in one of the following medical journals:
What is the GSSG working on right now?
The GSSG is working on the following research studies as of October 2012:
|Project Title||Year Published||Journal|
|Dual growing rod technique for the treatment of progressive early-onset scoliosis: a multicenter study||2005||Spine|
|Comparison of single and dual growing rod techniques followed through definitive surgery: a preliminary study||2005||Spine|
|Growing rod techniques in early-onset scoliosis.||2007||Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics|
|Dual growing rod technique followed for three to eleven years until final fusion: the effect of frequency of lengthening||2008||Spine|
|Neurologic risk in growing rod spine surgery in early onset scoliosis: is neuromonitoring necessary for all cases?||2009||Spine|
|Growing rods for infantile scoliosis in Marfan syndrome||2009||Spine|
|Pelvic fixation of growing rods: comparison of constructs||2009||Spine|
|Complications In Growing Rod Treatment For Early Onset Scoliosis: Analysis Of 140 Patients||2010||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery|
|Growing rods for spinal deformity: characterizing consensus and variation in current use||2010||Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics|
|How does thoracic kyphosis affect patient outcomes in growing rod surgery?||2011||Spine|
|Lengthening of Dual Growing Rods: Is There a Law of Diminishing Returns||2011||Spine|
|Growing Rods for Scoliosis in Spinal Muscular Atrophy||2011||Spine|
|Growing Rod Fractures: Risk Factors and Opportunities for Prevention||2011||Spine|
|Safety and Efficacy of Growing Rod Technique for Pediatric Congenital Spinal Deformities||2011||Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics|
|Growing rods for the treatment of pediatric scoliosis in cerebral palsy: a critical assessment||2012||Spine|