Appropriate selection for SDR is key to its success and at The Portland Hospital we carry out a comprehensive assessment to ensure that this procedure is right for your child. We will ask you to fill in a screening/referral form including details of your child’s age, type of CP, GMFCS level and other information which will help the team to assess your child’s suitability to attend the clinic. We have a skilled multidisciplinary team which includes a paediatric neurosurgeon, a consultant paediatrician specialising in neurodisability and a number of physiotherapists specialised in children’s movement disorders. The team also includes a neurophysiologist and a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
If you wish to make an appointment to discuss SDR for your child, we would need to see some of your child’s medical records, including a recent physiotherapy report, an MRI scan of the brain and a recent hip x-ray. Children with limited medical records may require a physiotherapy evaluation to be carried out by our Paediatric Physiotherapy Team and may require imaging (MRI and x-ray) which, if not done previously, can be arranged at The Portland Hospital.
If the multidisciplinary team feels that your child may be suitable for SDR, the next step is to book an assessment which will involve Mr Aquilina, a consultant paediatrician specialising in neurodisability and a physiotherapist. The child will undergo a full assessment and there will also be a discussion on the expected benefits and risks of SDR as well as a review of post-operative physiotherapy needs.