Journal article

Long-term follow-up after multilevel surgery in cerebral palsy

Rosa Visscher, Nadine Hasler, Marie Freslier, Navrag B Singh, William R Taylor, Reinald Brunner, Erich Rutz

Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery | SPRINGER | Published : 2021


INTRODUCTION: Single-event multilevel surgery (SEMLS) is frequently used to correct pathological gait patterns in children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (BSCP) in a single session surgery. However, in-depth long-term evaluation reports of gait outcomes are limited. Therefore, we investigated if SEMLS is able to correct lower extremity joint and pelvic angles during gait towards typically developing gait patterns (TDC) in children with BSCP, and if so, if this effect is durable over a 10-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total 13 children with BSCP GMFCS level II at time of index-surgery between the ages of 7.7-18.2 years at the time of SEMLS were retrospectively recruited. Three..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Ralf-Loddenkemper Stiftung for their financial support to this project and they thank the members of the gait analysis lab at the University Children's Hospital Basel for their assistance in data collection and their continuous support.