The difference between the two primary procedures: Ire has not had surgery, but little sis Ruby tried something new to straighten her spine — vertebral body tethering (VBT).

“It allows us to approach the spine differently in a way where we don’t have to disrupt quite as many muscles and underlying anatomy. It also allows us to maintain the flexibility of the spine,” Jaren Riley, MD, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children explained.

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