Complications associated with multiple, sequential osteotomies for children with cerebral palsy.

, , , , and . J Pediatr Orthop B 15 (6): 408--413 (November 2006)


Children with cerebral palsy often require multiple, major reconstructive procedures. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether multiple, major surgeries could be performed in a single setting with an acceptable complication rate. The medical records of 94 patients with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy operated on between the dates of 1993 and 1997 were reviewed. Patients were followed for a mean of 44.9+/-1.92 months. The average number of procedures per surgical session was 3.63+/-0.09 and the most common procedure performed was osteotomy of the proximal femur. The major complication rate was 24.4\%. This institution's experience indicates that performance of multiple major bony procedures in one session is complicated but safe, and can be done with acceptable blood loss, infection rates and recurrence rates in a modern, multidisciplinary setting dedicated to the care of severely disabled children.

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