6.1 The Committee concluded that the available clinical evidence, together with expert clinical advice and technical information, showed that the MAGEC system is an effective treatment for children with scoliosis for whom surgery is considered necessary. The Committee also concluded that the MAGEC system is likely to provide benefits compared with the use of conventional growth rods. These benefits would arise from avoiding repeated surgical procedures for growth rod lengthening, which would reduce pain and psychological distress, shorten hospital stays, and result in less time away from usual activities for children with scoliosis and their families or carers. In addition, the risk of complications such as infection would be reduced.
6.2 The Committee accepted the revised model and sensitivity analyses and concluded that the MAGEC system could generate substantial cost savings after about 3 years when compared with conventional growth rod treatment.
Sir Andrew Dillon