Halo Gravity Traction for Severe Pediatric Spinal Deformity: A Clinical Concepts Review

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Abstract

For the past 35 years, we have used halo gravity traction (HGT) to treat patients with a wide variety of underlying spinal deformities. This clinical concepts review will cover the indications, contraindications, HGT technique details, and our preferred method of dynamic HGT. Emphasis will be placed on our protocol, and recommendations that help to avoid complications. HGT is best applied by a standardized team approach intending to medically and nutritionally optimize the patient in preparation for an operative or medical/interventional treatment that will maintain and improve on the deformity correction achieved while avoiding peri- and postoperative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSpine Deformity
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Halo
  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Severe
  • Spine deformity
  • Traction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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