A procedure that helps to improve the mobility of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy is set to be made available to patients on the NHS.
Known as Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), the treatment involves an operation upon the nerves at the base of the spine, which relieves the muscle stiffness that leads to problems with motion and balance in those living with the condition.
The success of Selective dorsal rhizotomy has meant mobility and independence for children previously unable to walk. The NHS has said that as many as 300 patients could benefit from the procedure.
It is among a number of procedures being made available on the NHS for the first time, which also include one that reduces the risk of strokes in people who have an irregular heartbeat and procedures to help haemophiliacs.
The announcement was made by the medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, who said: “This is fantastic news for patients and their families.
“The new treatments that will be available on the NHS are the kind of innovations that the National Health Service has been delivering for the last 70 years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”