Single-Event Multilevel Surgery (SEMLS)
SEMLS is a procedure on lower extremities like the hips, knees, ankles or feet. It’s called “single-event multilevel surgery” because multiple corrections for existing soft tissue and bone problems are done in one orthopedic surgery. SEMLS usually results in fewer surgeries overall and just one phase of rehabilitation.
SEMLS can be part of a treatment plan for conditions like cerebral palsy and spina bifida. For cerebral palsy, SEMLS is ideally performed after treatments to reduce muscle tone so that deformities don’t recur if your child has a growth spurt.
SEMLS might help your child to:
- Improve or preserve walking abilities.
- Enhance mobility skills.
- Decrease consumption of oxygen, which will help them tire less easily.
- Preserve joint mobility.
- Reduce risk of issues associated with misaligned muscles and bones.
- Reduce risk of pain as they grow older.