Selective Dorsal Rhyzotomy (SDR)

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a permanent, irreversible neurosurgical procedure for reducing spasticity in cerebral palsy. 

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) has become  popular over the last 30 years as techniques have advanced. It's a neurosurgical procedure aimed at reducing spasticity (tight and stiff muscle tone) in the lower limbs. It's most commonly used for children with spastic diplegia (two limbs affected) which accounts for 25 to 30% of children born with cerebral palsy.

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Juhász Pál Epilepsy Centre

Juhász Pál Epilepsy CentreThe National Institute of Neuroscience's Epilepsy  Centre  is a tertiary centre which covers 8000 patients with a dedicated epilepsy surgery program. Our epilepsy monitoring unit has 2 beds, for epilepsy surgery investigation and to a lesser extent, for differential diagnosis. We perform 80-90 examinations each year, part of the examination  are invasive with  implanted  electrodes ( grids, strips, foramen ovale and depth electrodes).

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Orthopedic Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

Orthopedic surgery is used to treat tight muscles and spasticity related to cerebral palsy. An incision is made in the skin over the affected muscle. Parts of the muscle are then cut to release the tightness.

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Cerebral Palsy - Surgeries


Surgery for people who have cerebral palsy (CP) may help reduce muscle stiffness or spasms and allow more flexibility and control of the affected limbs and joints.

Surgery choices

The main surgery choices are:

  • Orthopedic surgery (for muscles, tendons, and joints). It's done to increase range of motion. For example, the surgeon may lengthen a tendon, cut through muscles or tendons, or attach a tendon to a different part of the bone. Surgery to treat spinal curves (scoliosis) or to prevent or treat hip dislocation is also done.

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