EXPERT OPINION: Surgery in Cerebral Palsy- Does It Have Any Role? - DR.ASHOK JOHARI

Why Surgery in Cerebral Palsy?-Cerebral Palsy is largely a motor disorder. Spasticity, weakness, lack of voluntary control and problems with motor recruitment are dominant features. Muscle imbalance and hence deformities are not uncommon. These interfere in different ways with development of milestones. Persistence of muscle imbalance and altered biomechanics gives rise to bony deformity and torsion.

Whilst there is a gamut of non-operative methods available for us to use, it is very often that they fail in curtailing spasticity, muscle imbalance, deformity and torsional problems and hence surgery is indicated in such situations esp. when they interfere with function.

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