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A rhizotomy is a neurosurgery that selectively severs problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord, most often to relieve the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia and other forms of spastic cerebral palsy. In extreme cases, a rhizotomy may also be considered for a person suffe... more at Wikipedia

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Cerebral Palsy
Back Pain
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Overall, 90% (49 Members) find Rhizotomy helpful

Rhizotomy Reviews

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I am able to stand flat footed
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I had the operation when i was a child..I also was the first person in Alabama to have this type of Dorsal Rhizotomy. The first operation was on my spinal cord, and the leg and hip operationa came later on. I spent 4 months in the hospital, and practically lived there until I was 4 years old. I had many test done on me during that time period. The operations were a success I now live a normal life..and golf is my passion. I hope my success has led to many more successful operations.
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When I got the surgery done I was the youngest ever to have it done (age 3) by Dr. Richard Abbot in NYC. I remember next to nothing about it.
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scar tissue is now pressing on my spine
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I have had two rhizotomies in the lumbar area of my back. My experience is that they reduce the amount of pain for a short amount of time.
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Good results!
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it worked somewat i can walk and im not crawling all the time. i was in a lot of pain at first though
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worked very well, a very large scar
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It worked
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I was really young
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  1. Advice: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
    My son Jackson also has spastic diplegia. His condition sounds similar to your daughter's condition. But my son has also had to use a reverse walker... [More]
  2. Advice: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
    I have been looking into the procedure for a while. There is a Facebook group that you might want to check out. I'll send a link to you in a private... [More]
  3. Advice: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
    I am a mom of 3, almost 4, year old twins who were born prematurely. My daughter has spastic diplegia and had her first round of botox injections on ... [More]
  4. Discussion: Dorsal Rhizotomy
    I have been looking into SDR as well. I have been going to a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and he told me that I sho... [More]
  5. Discussion: Dorsal Rhizotomy
    Hi all I am 25 year with cerebral palsy. I have never had any operation for my cerebral palsy which is the mild diplegia form. I walk on my toes and n... [More]