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Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Introduction to Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a specialist surgical procedure performed on children with Cerebral Palsy. It involves opening up the bones of the spine in the lower back to operate on the nerves underneath, which could potentially help relieve spasticity.

After the operation and a period of rehabilitation, many children are able to stand or walk unaided for the first time. For those that can already walk a remarkable improvement in their gait and fatigue levels is seen. Most also see a dramatic change in their posture, overall comfort and quality of life.

SDR is currently being funded on the NHS but the child must meet strict criteria and have access to long term Physiotherapy treatment, before surgery will be agreed.

Our experienced therapists can provide both Pre and Post Op treatment for SDR.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .