Will Imbus was diagnosed with early-onset scoliosis – an abnormal, side-to-side curve of the spine in children under 5 years old. Treatment for early-onset scoliosis typically includes surgery every six months to lengthen the child's spine as they grow. Since the age of 5, Will has had 7 surgeries.
In January 2015, UI Children’s Hospital became the only hospital in Iowa to use a new technology for all early-onset scoliosis patients called the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Growing Rod. For most children with early-onset scoliosis, this will eliminate 6 to 10 surgical procedures during their childhood. www.uichildrens.org/ortho