What is single-event multilevel surgery?

Also known as: SEMLS

For some children with medical conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neuromuscular disorders, they may have multiple issues with the soft tissue and bones in their lower extremities that require correction.

Single-event multilevel surgery, or SEMLS, is a surgical procedure that aims to correct many of these issues in just one orthopedic surgical procedure.

This results in fewer procedures and a shorter rehabilitation for the patient. It often results in better mobility, improved walking ability and reduced pain for patients over time.

Reviewed by: Monica Payares-Lizano, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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