Shriners Hospitals for Children featured on the Doctors TV show

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia will be highlighted on an upcoming segment of The Doctors TV show. The projected air date is Friday, October 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. on the local Philadelphia CBS 3 station. Please check www.thedoctorstv.com for your local listings, set your DVRs, and enjoy!

The Philadelphia Shriners Hospital public relations department teamed up with our national agency, First Degree, to share the story of MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System, which is used to treat infantile scoliosis. The Philadelphia Shriners Hospital was the first hospital post FDA clearance to perform the surgery on patient, Tianni Swint. The Doctors TV Show was interested in hearing about the MAGEC rods which are an alternative to the emotionally and physically painful treatment regimen of the traditional growing rods.

With MAGEC rods, there is a moderate procedure for implantation, but the non-invasive lengthening procedure eliminates the need for repeated lengthening surgeries. This results in significant safety, health, mental and physical benefits for the child and their family. Patients will also be able to get back to their activities of daily living sooner with this surgical option.

After the initial MAGEC surgery, this specially designed rod can be gradually lengthened with the touch of a button during a routine office visit, avoiding the need for general anesthesia and an incision. Magnets outside the body contained in the hand-held External Remote Control (ERC) communicate with the magnets of the implanted rods. The ERC will be used a few times a year as the child continues to grow.

James and Shakema Swint, parents of four year old Tianni, along with spine surgeon, Patrick Cahill, M.D., were willing to share their experience with the nationally syndicated television show. The Doctors TV show consists of a group of doctors that all have different expertise. Travis Stork, M.D. an emergency room physician and former Bachelor is the main host/moderator; James Sears, M.D. is a pediatrician and Rachael Ross, M.D., is a family medicine physician. All were featured with the Swint Family and our own Dr. Cahill on the segment.

Top photo - Left to Right: James Sears, MD, pediatrician, The Doctors TV Show; Patrick Cahill, MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Rachael Ross, MD, family medicine physician, The Doctors TV Show; Shakema, Tianni, and James Swint, grateful family of Shriners Hospitals for Children; and Travis Stork, MD, emergency room physician and former Bachelor is the main host/moderator of The Doctors TV Show.

Behind the scenes just before the segment is filmed