Selective percutaneous myofascial lengthening of the lower extremities in children with spastic cerebral palsy

Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2010 Apr;27(2):335-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cpm.2009.12.005.


Children with spastic cerebral palsy commonly acquire lower extremity musculoskeletal deformities that at some point may need surgical correction. The authors present 58 children with spastic cerebral palsy who underwent selective percutaneous myofascial lengthening of the hip adductor group and the medial or the lateral hamstrings. All the patients were spastic diplegic, hemiplegic, or quadriplegic. The indications for surgery were a primary contracture that interfered with the patients' walking or sitting ability or joint subluxation. Gross motor ability and gross motor function of the children were evaluated using the gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) and the gross motor function measure (GMFM), respectively. The mean time of the surgical procedure was 14 minutes (range, 1 to 27 minutes). All patients were discharged from the hospital setting the same day after the operation. There were no infections, overlengthening, nerve palsies, or vascular complications. Three patients required repeat procedures for relapsed hamstring and adductor contractures at 8, 14, and 16 months postoperatively. At 2 years after the initial operation, all the children improved on their previous functional level; 34 children improved by one GMFCS level, and 5 children improved by two GMFCS levels. The overall improvement in mean GMFM scores was from 71.19 to 83.19.

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / surgery*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Fasciotomy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / surgery*
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / surgery*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tendons / surgery