With cerebral palsy, the part of the brain that controls movement in the arms can be affected, causing spasticity of the arm and hand, leading to a cycle of pain, stiffness and loss of use. The severity of the effects are variable, some patients have very mild effects whilst others develop severe difficulties from the beginning.
Surgical treatment for cerebral palsy involves a range of procedures, all aimed to re-balance the hand and arm
Surgical treatment of cerebral palsy aims to restore and re-balance the muscles and joints in the hand which have been stretched, weakened or stiffened over time. The surgery aims to maximise the function in the patient’s hand and arm. To achieve the best possible results, surgery has to be carefully planned and aftercare involving exercise and practice is extremely important.
Although cerebral palsy is the cause of the symptoms for most patients who are treated, there are many other causes of damage to this part of the brain such as head injury, infection, tumour and strokes. Patients who have been affected by these events or conditions could also be seen and treated.
Before proceeding with any surgical treatment, a full consultation is required and, although surgical treatment for cerebral palsy is offered at Spire Manchester Hospital, it may not be suitable for all patients and other options would be discussed during consultation.
What does surgical treatment involve?
Surgical treatment for cerebral palsy involves a range of procedures, all aimed to re-balance the hand and arm. The procedures required vary from patient to patient and are often carried out in combination in order to achieve the best possible results, personalised to the individual patient’s needs. Common procedures which are carried out include correction of a flexed wrist or tight elbow and procedures aimed at improving hand functions such as grasp and release.
For more information about the procedures and treatments for cerebral palsy offered at Spire Manchester Hospital, please call us on 0161 232 2303 or email email@example.com.
Mr Waseem Saeed is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital who specialises in the treatment of cerebral palsy, find more information about Mr Saeed here.