Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure that is able to identify and destroy the malfunctioning nerve roots in the spinal cord. This is a treatment for some neuromuscular conditions, including spastic cerebral palsy. In this procedure, the lower vertebrae is exposed to show the spinal cord, which contains neurons. These neurons carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. This procedure will continue until the physician is able to find the nerves and nerve roots that are affective the spastic muscles, and they will then cut out the nerves and nerve roots.
After the surgery, the patient will need to go through extensive physical therapy in order to train and retrain their legs. There has been research that shows that SDR in conjunction with physical therapy has significant benefits. There is a great reduction is spasticity and there is function improvement that is measured by the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM). Patients who receive SDR also have improvements with posture and alignment and they have long-term improvements of gait abnormalities.
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RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for babies who suffer from spastic cerebral palsy. If your baby has needed to have selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and it was the direct result of medical negligence or a medical error, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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