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The surgery aims to:
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has noted that most of the evidence for SDR relates to children aged 4 to 10 years. Some centres perform the surgery on children outside this age range.
In general, SDR in the UK is not possible when the following are present:
Like any medical procedure, SDR can carry risks. It will not suit all children with cerebral palsy. Some will benefit and some may see no benefit or their condition may even deteriorate. You should always discuss potential risks and side-effects with your child's surgeon.
Permanent complications are rare, but risks include:
You may want to ask your child's medical advisors the following questions:
Since 1988, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) has been available through the orthopaedic team at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry. The technique practised here is via a multi-level approach.
Since 2011, some British paediatric neurosurgery centres have started offering SDR surgery through the single-level approach. Some cases have been NHS-funded, others self-funded through the NHS hospital treatment top-up scheme.
Selection criteria for selective dorsal rhizotomy in children with spastic cerebral palsy, MacKeith Press
What's the Evidence? Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy published by Cerebra.
Research papers and clinical trials published on SDR.
Support 4 SDR
A group of parents whose children have undergone SDR who aim to improve clinical care around SDR.
Discuss SDR in our online community.
Hi. I know this post is old, but I am searching for options for SDR. Which is better - St Louis or GOSH?
My daughter is 3 years old and has got CP.
Hi all I'm new to the group.... my son is 5 and was diagnosed with mild CP just before the age of 2.
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