Researchers retrospectively reviewed seven children and young adults who underwent spinal column shortening for either primary or secondary tethered cord syndrome. Average follow-up was 31 months. Preoperatively and at 2 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postoperatively, and every year thereafter, investigators assessed gait, bowel and bladder function. They also assessed patient-reported outcomes with the Scoliosis Research Society Outcomes Questionnaire (SRS-22) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A fusion assessment was performed 12 months postoperatively based on CT findings.