We reviewed the results of spinal arthrodesis that was performed, with sublaminar wires that were attached to either double L-shaped Luque rods or to a Harrington rod, in forty-two adults who had idiopathic scoliosis. The minimum length of follow-up was two years; the maximum, five years; and the average, three years. The average scoliosis measured 67 degrees preoperatively, was corrected to 37 degrees at operation, and was 44 degrees at the time of follow-up. The final correction averaged 34 per cent. A single Harrington rod and multiple sublaminar wires were used in thirty-one patients. Eighteen of the thirty-one patients had a posterior arthrodesis only and thirteen, a preliminary anterior arthrodesis followed by a posterior arthrodesis. Eleven patients had instrumentation with double L-shaped Luque rods; six of then had posterior arthrodesis only and five, a preliminary anterior arthrodesis followed by a posterior arthrodesis. One patient had a neurological deficit that was related to the operation. Three patients had a pseudarthrosis, which was in the lumbar area in all of them. All three patients had had only a posterior operation. No statistically significant difference in the amount of final correction was demonstrated between the subgroups.