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Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)

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Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is part of a wider service for children with cerebral palsy (CP).  It  offers treatment and surgery for some children and young people with CP who have stiffness in their leg muscles (spasticity). SDR surgery can make legs and lower back less stiff in some children with CP.

There are a only a small number of children and young people with CP who will see improvement from SDR. We assess patients very carefully to check that it's the right choice for them. If you would like your child to have SDR you should speak to your local physiotherapist or community team.  They will help you decide if this would be good for your child.

Our service in now on the Right Decision Service website.  This has more info about SDR which you can view on the web or download onto your phone or tablet as an app.  

The SDR Pathway and information on the Referral Process
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 05 June 2024

Next review: 05 June 2027

Author(s): Jacqueline Clark

Approved By: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Service