The Fassier-Duval rod can straighten bones and prevent fractures.
Brittle bone disease — osteogenesis imperfecta — is a genetic condition that causes a person's bones to break easily and for no reason. Although there is no cure for brittle bone disease, an innovative type of rod surgically inserted into long bones is able to help patients experience fewer breaks and straighten deformed bones.
A 6-year-old girl with brittle bone disease had the surgery to implant the Fassier-Duval Telescopic Intramedullary System to support her femur. Dr. Peter Romano II performed the surgery at Plantation General Hospital.
Three months after the surgery, the little girl has fully recovered with no complications. Before she had the surgery, she had suffered 35 fractures and fractured her femur five times.
The Fassier-Duval system has more benefits to patients than existing rods. Some of the advantages are:
- A longer telescopic range, which gives the patient an extra year of growth before a rod exchange may be necessary
- Favors bone and joint preservation
- Decreases tissue trauma
The surgery is also less traumatic on the patient. It minimizes blood loss and post-operative complications. A shorter rehabilitation time means fewer scars and less pain.
In addition to surgery, brittle bone disease is treated with lifestyle changes, physical therapy and adaptive aids when necessary. Weight-bearing exercise, a diet high in calcium and vitamin D can help delay related health concerns. Physical therapy can help patients strengthen their muscles and improve mobility. Crutches, wheelchairs, splits or home modifications may also be necessary.
Pediatric orthopedics is just one of the many specialty services our pediatric unit provides. Our team offers innovative treatments that are both technologically advanced and kid-friendly. Check it out on our virtual tour or, call 1-888-256-7724 for a free physician referral.