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Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Providing support for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

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Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is an operation used to improve spasticity (muscle stiffness) in cerebral palsy.
SDR

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is an operation used to improve spasticity (muscle stiffness) caused by abnormal communication between the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles in cerebral palsy. It corrects muscle spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending these abnormal signals to the muscles.

Children between 3 and 12 years of age with typical spastic diplegia may be good candidates for SDR. Children older than 12 years may still be good candidates but are more likely to also need orthopedic surgery to correct muscle and bone changes.

SDR surgery might help by:

  • Reducing spasticity
  • Improving walking patterns
  • Using energy and oxygen more efficiently
  • Improving the range of motion and functional mobility
  • Improving the ability to perform self-care activities, such as getting dressed and grooming

SDR is now routinely commissioned by the NHS for children that fulfil their criteria. If you child falls outside of their criteria but has been recommended by a UK-based medical professional, they we may be able to help.

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Fundraising Support

Caudwell Children can help with Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery by offering fundraising support.
Fundraising Support

This is for children who may fall out of the criteria for the NHS but has been recommended by a UK-based medical professional.

To discuss how Caudwell Children can help your SDR fundraising appeal please contact ben.sutcliffe@caudwellchildren.com.

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SDR Special Fund

If you are fundraising yourself, and are nearly there with your target, Caudwell Children can offer you a donation.
SDR Special Fund

If you are fundraising yourself or with another charity and you are nearly at your target and just need a final boost to get you there, Caudwell Children can offer you a donation towards the cost of your SDR surgery or blocks of post-op rehabilitation.

To meet charity accounting procedure, donations can only be made as a direct payment to the respective provider on receipt of an invoice.

For full terms & conditions please see the SDR Service Summary.

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LEGAL ADVICE & SUPPORT

Our official legal partners, Irwin Mitchell, provides access to medical care, rehabilitation and support to children with disability.

As a long-time supporter of Caudwell Children and families with disability, Irwin Mitchell has helped countless parents achieve the best possible outcome for their child. You can make a free, no-obligation enquiry with a member of their dedicated team of solicitors or read more about the services they provide: