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It’s MAGEC: new type of scoliosis surgery sparks a smile
Seven-year-old David is one of first U.S. patients to have MAGEC surgery for scoliosis. The magnetic growing rods mean he no longer needs a back brace and will have to have far fewer surgeries during childhood. David and his family celebrated by burning his dreaded back brace in a bonfire. It’s definitely reason to smile.

Scoliosis surgery: from tears to smiles
When Taylor Gomes found out she needed surgery to treat her #scoliosisshe was understandably scared. But keeping close communication with her Boston Children's doctor, Michael Glotzbecker, made things far less overwhelming.

Straight talk on scoliosis: How I came to embrace the brace
Chloe says her scoliosis can be hard to deal with at times, but ultimately makes her a stronger person. Since beginning treatment with Boston Children's Timothy Hresko, Chloe has organized a support group for teens with #scoliosis and stays active by skiing and running! Read her inspiring blog where she describes how she's turning struggle into positivity and learning to #EmbraceTheBrace

Rachel Rabkin Peachman: Hope for an S-Shaped Back
Schroth physical therapy, a technique Boston Children’s Hospital orthopedists use with some bracing patients, could help slow curve progression and reduce pain.

Visceria Givans: Living with scoliosis
Visceria Givans is a student athlete, diagnosed with scoliosis in grade school. She received corrective spine surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and a few years later and is actively playing sports again.

Anjellina Guiliano: Around the bend
For  most children with scoliosis, the path to recovery is marked by simple observation and bracing. But when one patient battles two curves, her path - and spine - take an unexpected turn. 

Zoe Lambert: Titanium rib procedure gives patients room to breathe
Born with a rare birth defect, Zoe is one of the first patients to receive a VEPTRTM device at Boston Children’s.

Marston Mills boy prepares for innovative scoliosis surgery
Nathan Winslow underwent vertebral growth modulation (vertebral stapling) to treat his scoliosis.

Bangor High softball players persevere, return to team after off-season surgeries 
Boston Children’s patient and softball pitching ace Alexis Stanhope discusses her return to the field after scoliosis surgery.

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