If your child has cerebral palsy or spastic diplegia, what’s the next step?
Does your child...
have spasticity, mainly in the legs?
Is your child...
able to walk alone or with the help of a walker or braces?
between 3 and 12 years old?
ready to work hard in physical therapy?
If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to these questions, a minimally invasive spinal operation might help improve your child’s mobility and quality of life. Known as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), the operation interrupts abnormal nerve signals going from the spinal cord to the muscles, potentially relieving leg spasticity.
Boston Children's Hospital neurosurgeon Shenandoah (Dody) Robinson, MD, specializes in helping children with cerebral palsy and spasticity reach their full potential. She uses a less invasive, "single level" form of rhizotomy that helps children recuperate faster.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Procedure
A minimally invasive treatment for spastic diplegia
This video portrays the operation in detail from the family's perspective: