Campbell Clinic's Dr. Jeffrey Sawyer is the first and only pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon in the mid-south region offering 3-D printing to treat scoliosis, the most common deformity in children with about 4 million cases in the United States. 3-D printing allows doctors to determine the precise location of where along the patient's spine to insert the screw that is needed to help straighten the spine. This technique has proven successful, since it allows doctors to be more accurate when treating scoliosis by providing them with a preview of what their patients' spines look like so that they can accurately prepare for the correction instead of seeing it for the first time in surgery.
Sawyer's use of the pediatric 3-D printing technique allows young patients' spines to be straightened before it is too late in their growth for adjustments to be made. Studies have shown that adults with scoliosis are more likely to require long-term care. Therefore, making these adjustments along childrens' spines while they are still growing can prevent many adults from future scoliosis-related disabilities.
This technique is new to the Mid-South and in the last year, and has only been used via Sawyer. Sawyer has practiced at Campbell Clinic for twenty one years. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and has held numerous leadership positions in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), where he is set to become the president in 2023. Visit https://www.campbellclinic.com/physician/jeffrey-sawyer/