The Shilla system is designed to correct multi-planar spinal deformities associated with patients with severe early-onset scoliosis associated with thoracic and spinal growth insufficiencies.

The Shilla system features a rod and a flanged set screw designed to capture the rod, while allowing it to slide as the patient grows and provide spinal stabilization and maintains curve correction.

Medtronic vice-president spinal & biologics Steve Swinson said the company is delighted to have worked with Richard McCarthy, an orthopaedic surgeon at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, to make Shilla available in Europe.

"It is a genuine advance, which means these severely ill children now have a new surgical option which can minimize the amount of secondary surgeries required which have the risk of pain, complications, and more anesthesia," Swinson added.