Idiopathic Scoliosis, The Harms Study Group Treatment Guide

1st Edition

Based on over a decade of research and observation conducted by the members of the Harms Study Group and other spinal deformity experts from around the world, this must-have clinical reference provides focused coverage of the most current evaluation and treatment guidelines for idiopathic scoliosis. It draws on case studies to guide readers through specific surgical and nonoperative approaches to the multiple types of adolescent idiopathic spinal deformity, including practical information on the rationale for each approach, techniques, and results.


  • In-depth information culled from vast clinical data of world-renowned experts in the Harms Study Group
  • Curve assessment and treatment recommendations listed by curve type and pattern – Comprehensive discussion of pathogenesis and epidemiology, osteobiologics for spinal fusion, anesthesia for scoliosis surgery, surgical complications, and more
  • Chapters on key treatment decisions, such as the selection of fusion levels, that teach readers how to critically address clinical questions
  • More than 600 high-quality illustrations, including numerous full-color clinical photographs, detailed line drawings, and complementary high-resolution radiographs This state-of-the-art text is ideal for orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and spine fellows, and is an invaluable companion for any practitioner involved in the surgical and nonsurgical care of patients with spinal deformity.

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Neuromuscular Spine Deformity

To be published by Thieme in November 2017.

This comprehensive, multi-authored book covers the management of neuromuscular spinal deformities not only in children but including adults. The development of this book is a result of the Harms Study Group’s prospective and retrospective research studies aimed at answering important clinical questions regarding the management of neuromuscular spinal deformities.

Chapter topics include:

  • Preoperative evaluation & optimization
  • Non-operative management
  • Surgical indications
  • Intra-operative issues
  • Scoliosis & dislocated hips
  • Predicting complications
  • Scoliosis in Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal fusion in myelomeningocele
  • Spinal Cord Injury: surgical considerations
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Other Neuromuscular conditions
  • Neurosurgical causes of scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Neuromuscular disease in adults
  • Sacropelvic fixation
  • Comparison of unit rod with screw constructs
  • Halo gravity traction
  • Osteotomies
  • Growing spine options
  • Anterior approach
  • Major complications
  • Early/late infection
  • Post-op Intensive Care Unit management
  • Reoperations
  • Health Related Quality of Life outcomes
  • Baclofen pump

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2nd edition of Idiopathic Scoliosis – The Harms Study Group Treatment Guide

To be published by Thieme November 2018.

Updates to this 2nd edition:

  • A chapter focusing on nonoperative management with bracing with data from the NIH funded randomized controlled trial that has proven brace efficacy.
  • A chapter focusing on surgeon performance optimization and an AIS Quality Improvement Registry
  • A chapter dedicated to describing how to use 3D analysis of scoliosis
  • Surgical consideration chapters have updates focusing on newer methods and greater focus on the sagittal plane.
  • Postop management chapters will focus on much of the data the Harms Study Group has acquired through the decades on outcomes, complications and the trends for rapid postop recovery.
  • Addressing juvenile patients with chapters on growth modulation and posterior distraction methods, both of which have seen substantial change since the last edition.

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