Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Program

The Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is offered to patients from around the country experiencing spasticity – a condition that causes stiff, tight muscles that can’t be controlled because of a problem with the signals the brain sends, or doesn’t send, to the nerves. Most people who are good candidates for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery have spastic cerebral palsy (CP). In nearly everyone who undergoes the operation, selective dorsal rhizotomy improves mobility, reduces pain, and relieves lower-limb muscle spasticity.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy is offered by only a handful of pediatric hospitals. It is considered a safe and effective operation, but few surgeons are trained in the technique. Nationwide Children’s Neurosurgery Chief Jeffrey Leonard, MD, has decades of experience performing this complicated procedure.


Meet Bhoomi

Bhoomi has been able to rely less on her wheelchair, and more on her own two feet, because of a surgery performed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Bhoomi was born with cerebral palsy and spasticity, a muscle control disorder that involves tight or stiff muscles and the inability to control those muscles. 


Schedule a Consultation

To schedule an appointment for a consultation to see whether your child is a candidate for selective dorsal rhizotomy call (614) 722-2014

Schedule a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Consultation

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000