Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery is a procedure that treats muscle spasticity caused by abnormal communication among the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. It corrects muscle spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles.
SDR surgery is a treatment for cerebral palsy—typically performed on kids who are affected by spasticity. SDR surgery might help your child to:
SDR surgery is irreversible, so it’s critical to carefully select patients who will benefit most from the surgery. When evaluating candidates for SDR surgery, a team of experts including an orthopedic surgeon, a neurosurgeon, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician and a physical therapist will consider:
At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, your child’s growth, challenges and expected outcomes will be assessed by specialists who are trained to work with kids. Once your child is identified as a good candidate for surgery, we’ll work with your family to plan a time for surgery and rehabilitation that will work with your schedule.
As a regional leader in pediatric neurosurgery, Gillette is one of the top providers of SDR surgery in the U.S. Patients from across the world come to Gillette for SDR surgery.
Brock's parents knew Gillette was the right place for their son's rhizotomy surgery during their first visit. Meet this cool, outgoing 4-year-old and learn how a device called a prone cart, recently patented by Gillette, aided his recovery.