Selective dorsal rhizotomy for spasticity in children

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Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a minimally invasive spinal operation that can permanently reduce leg spasticity and encourage independent walking in children with cerebral palsy. It may be an option when other therapies, such as physical therapy or Botox injections, have stopped working.

SDR is most effective in children whose cerebral palsy is the result of being born prematurely and whose spasticity mainly affects their legs. Children with spasticity in all their limbs, or who are affected more on one side of the body, may get more benefit from an intrathecal baclofen pump.

SDR surgery normally takes about four hours and usually requires a child to stay in the hospital for four to five days.

Learn more about what happens during SDR surgery.

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