St. Louis Children's Hospital completes 4,000th SDR spinal surgery: 4 details

Jackie Drees -  

Surgeons at the St. Louis Children's Hospital's Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity completed 4,000 selective dorsal rhizotomy surgeries.

Four details:

1. Neurosurgeon T.S. Park, MD, is director of the St. Louis Children's Hospital's Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity.

2. Dr. Park's method of SDR surgery is designed to be minimally invasive and remove less spinal bone than previous procedures, which is designed to result in fewer spine and back complications later in life.

3. St. Louis Children's Hospital has performed SDR surgery on patients from 77 countries and 49 states in the U.S.

4. "Honestly, reaching 4,000 surgeries is not something I thought I would ever see," said Dr. Park. "But with the advent of social media, families from around the world have been easily finding us. It’s increased our ability to connect and created greater recognition for how much we can help children with cerebral palsy. I feel truly blessed to be able to help them."

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