Cerebral palsy surgery may be recommended when the other treatments don’t improve symptoms. Cerebral palsy (CP) cannot be cured. The brain injury that caused the condition does not get worse over time, however, disorders of the muscles, bones, and joints of a child can increase in severity. There are cerebral palsy surgery options that may help reduce certain symptoms such as spasticity and contractures.
Orthopedists at the Morgan Stanley Children's Center in New York-Presbyterian Hospital write:
“Most of these problems, especially if caught early, can be treated non-operatively with a brace, physical therapy, or even use of Botox. In fact, we believe that physical therapy and bracing should be the mainstay of treatment in young children with CP. In some cases … children can benefit from surgical intervention.”
The doctors list the problems they feel are best treated with cerebral palsy surgery:
- Foot problems: Tightening of the calf muscle of the leg and shortening of the Achilles tendon cause contractions where the foot points downward. A foot may point downward and inward. A heel turning inward can cause “clubfoot.”
- Leg Problems: Cerebral palsy surgery can lengthen hamstrings to correct a crouching gait. Tendon transfers can be performed to help with “stiff-knee” gait. Surgery to release contractures in the upper legs can relieve pain.
- Hip problems: Dislocations of the hip can be brought into line and “pigeon-toe” gait can be corrected with cerebral palsy surgery.
- Spine problems: May be treated with surgery include contractures, curvature or abnormal tilt of the spine.
In considering treatments for your child's CP symptoms, talk with your doctor about options. Cerebral palsy surgery is often a last resort.
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