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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
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