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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 98-B, Issue 12 | Pages 1662 - 1667
1 Dec 2016
Teoh KH von Ruhland C Evans SL James SH Jones A Howes J Davies PR Ahuja S


We present a case series of five patients who had revision surgery following magnetic controlled growing rods (MGCR) for early onset scoliosis. Metallosis was found during revision in four out of five patients and we postulated a mechanism for rod failure based on retrieval analysis.

Patients and Methods

Retrieval analysis was performed on the seven explanted rods. The mean duration of MCGR from implantation to revision was 35 months (17 to 46). The mean age at revision was 12 years (7 to 15; four boys, one girl).

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 90-B, Issue 5 | Pages 619 - 621
1 May 2008
Andrews J Jones A Davies PR Howes J Ahuja S

We have examined the outcome in 19 professional rugby union players who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion between 1998 and 2003. Through a retrospective review of the medical records and telephone interviews of all 19 players, we have attempted to determine the likelihood of improvement, return to professional sport and the long-term consequences. We have also attempted to relate the probability of symptoms in the neck and radicular pain in the arm to the position of play. Neck and radicular pain were improved in 17 patients, with 13 returning to rugby, the majority by six months after operation. Of these, 13 returned to their pre-operative standard of play, one to a lower level and five have not played rugby again. Two of those who returned to the game have subsequently suffered further symptoms in the neck, one of whom was obliged to retire. The majority of the players with problems in the neck were front row forwards.

A return to playing rugby union after surgery and fusion of the anterior cervical spine is both likely and safe and need not end a career in the game.