When surgery may be used

images (13)A thorough checkup is needed to help the doctor find out which muscles and nerves are affected and what type of surgery would best treat the condition. A gait analysis may be part of the exam.

Doctors don’t agree about the best age for children to have surgery for cerebral palsy. Some may suggest surgery at a young age, while others may suggest other treatments before surgery. Use this surgery information form to help you decide what’s right for your child.

Surgery isn’t used nearly as often for the arms as for the legs. Surgery on arm deformities carries more risks related to sensory damage.

Sometimes medicine or physical therapy is used to postpone or prevent the need for surgery.

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