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