Cerebral palsy refers to a spectrum of neuromuscular conditions caused by abnormal brain development or injury to the brain. It can be acquired before, during or after birth and there is no cure. Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of childhood physical disability, affecting approximately two per 1,000 live births.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Lumbosacral Dorsal Rhizotomy
Lumbosacral Dorsal Rhizotomy is a surgical procedure for children with spastic cerebral palsy (the most common form of cerebral palsy) that involves cutting nerves in the spine to decrease lower limb spasticity. The surgery is always followed by intensive inpatient and long-term outpatient physical rehabilitation.
The objectives of this health technology assessment were to evaluate the clinical effectiveness, safety, cost effectiveness, and family perspectives of lumbosacral dorsal rhizotomy as a treatment for children who have spastic cerebral palsy.
We reviewed dorsal rhizotomy, a type of surgery to treat spasticity from cerebral palsy. Read the latest draft recommendation from the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee and submit your feedback.
Date posted: April 12, 2017
Closing date for public comment: May 3, 2017