Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)
We have just been told the success rate of this hospital in St Louis, America where they treat children with CP. Has anyone heard or had experience at this hospital for their child.
Our daughter is now three years old and has muscle tone weakness and stifness in her legs and has to use kaye frame to take some steps and we have to endure her through intense massage and stretching to help her loosen the muscles in her legs. We hope one day our litlle princess wil be able to walk and so we would be very grateful if you can provide some insight into this hospital that can make them walk.
The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Procedure
"Of all the surgical procedures currently performed on patients with cerebral palsy (CP), selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) has undergone more thorough scientific scrutiny than any other (including orthopedic surgery). Accumulated evidence and our own experience indicate that SDR is an excellent option for selected patients with spastic cerebral palsy. We believe parents and patients should inquire about SDR as a part of the management of CP before the patient undergoes orthopedic surgery"
"SDR involves sectioning (cutting) of some of the sensory nerve fibers that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord".
Two groups of nerve roots leave the spinal cord and lie in the spinal canal. The ventral spinal roots send information to the muscle; the dorsal spinal roots transmit sensation from the muscle to the spinal cord.