Medical Breakthrough: Olean Girl First In The Country To Get Treatment

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM EDT

It's a condition that's been around for decades, but now there's a new treatment for scoliosis, and an Olean girl is the first in the country to get it.

7-year old Lauren Gumtow has a new magnetic rod in her back to help straighten her severely curved spine. The rod can be lengthened as she grows without surgery. A device is used outside of the body to magnetically extend the rod.

This magnetic rod has been used in Europe since 2007, but was just approved for use here in the United States in February.

Dr. James Sanders of the University of Rochester's Golisano Children's Hospital put the rod in Lauren's back in April and has already seen great results.

Watch the video for more on Lauren's story. Here's Eyewitness News Anchor Joanna Pasceri.