Three out of every 1,000 children born each year are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Many of these children suffer from spasticity or increased muscle tone, making it difficult for them to move and be moved.
While there are different types of cerebral palsy, children with spastic cerebral palsy may benefit from selective dorsal rhizotomy.
What is selective dorsal rhizotomy?
Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), a neurosurgical procedure, reduces the child's spasticity without changing sensation or strength.
The surgery does not cure cerebral palsy, but it can significantly reduce spasticity.
There are two groups of children who benefit from selective dorsal rhizotomy:
- Children who can or have the potential to walk, but their spasticity interferes with fluid, free movement.
- Children with more severe cerebral palsy may benefit from improved ease of movement, positioning and nursing care.