NHS to offer new cerebral palsy procedure to children with the condition

An innovative treatment that seeks to improve the mobility of children living with cerebral palsy is to be made available on the NHS.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a procedure to relieve the muscle tightness that can cause issues with motion and balance in children diagnosed with the condition. It has allowed those previously unable to walk to gain mobility and independence.

The procedure, which involves an operation at the base of the spinal cord, is to be made available straight away in certain hospitals throughout England. As many as 300 patients are expected to benefit from it.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy is among a number of new treatments set to become available on the NHS. Other procedures include one for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with irregular heartbeats and brand new treatments aimed at haemophiliacs.

Speaking about the new procedures, the medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “This is fantastic news for patients and their families.

“The new treatments that will be available on the NHS are the kind of innovations that the National Health Service has been delivering for the last 70 years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”

The selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure has been assessed as to its clinical merit in relation to the cost by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG).

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