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Contact our SDR coordinator
Paula.Wilkins@UHBristol.nhs.uk 0117 342 8585
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SDR Announcement
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust are thrilled to have been awarded the designation of provider centre for SDR, following NHS England’s announcement on 17 July 2014.
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Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity
Cerebral palsy occurs when a child sustains a brain injury very early on in life. Although the brain injury is static, its effects change continuously in the growing child.
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What is Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy?
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes around 4 to 5 hours. The technique used is the same as that developed in St Louis, USA.
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Suitability for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
Children between 3 and 11 years of age, with a diagnosis of spastic diplegia, following premature birth, should be considered for SDR.
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Before Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery
You and your child will be asked to come to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC).
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After Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery
The child is encouraged to lie on the back, but will be helped to turn from side to side every 4 to 6 hours. Children may complain of a headache.
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What Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Can Achieve
SDR unmasks the leg weakness. Although reduction in spasticity is immediate after the procedure, it takes time for the strength to return.
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