Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery (Functional Stereotaxy) for Cerebral Palsy


Mr. Abdul Azim is a 19 year old male patient from India with Cerebral Palsy. He was admitted to Beijing Puhua International Hospital (BPIH)  with the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and symptoms of “postnatal speech and growth retardation and limited mobility in all extremities, which he had since birth. Mr. Azim was born prematurely, weighing only 1600g. His delivery became complicated and during the birth Mr Azim was deprived of oxygen, which resulted in anoxic cerebral palsy.

Medical Condition Prior to Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery (Functional Stereotaxy) for Cerebral Palsy

Prior to receiving Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Cerebral Palsy, the patient Mr. Azim suffered from spastic quadriplegia and due to the lack of motor skills was confined to a wheelchair; unassisted walking was not possible. Mr. Azim’s balance, even while seated, was very poor: he was not able to support his torso and needed constant support. When standing upright, his right foot could not reach the ground, due to his spastic musculature. His hand coordination and movement was poor, especially his wrists, as he had problems rotating them. Mr. Azim’s speech was also very poor, he spoke very slowly and it was difficult to understand him.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

After admission, several medical protocols were applied, which included stereotactic treatment to repair the injured neural cells, medical treatment to improve his cerebral blood-supply and metabolism- to enhance his neural function, a Traditional Chinese Medicine protocol as well as Physical Rehabilitation Therapy.

Medical Condition after Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

Following the Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery, Mr. Azim and his father worked very diligently with our rehabilitation team, trying to achieve the best recovery possible. The outcome was positive, his muscle tone relaxed and improved allowing his limbs to become more flexible. Mr. Azim’s muscle strength of his arms increased and he could now begin to lift his upper hands up to the level of his head!

Mr. Azim’s grip became firmer. His hand coordination improved, especially the wrist rotation. He was also able to bend his legs further and walking, while assisted became more stable, with a faster pace. His torso and knee joints are straighter than before the stereotactic treatment. With more rehabilitation, he now was able to have his whole foot touch the ground, while walking. For the first time, without having the assistance of his caregiver, Mr. Azim became able to switch from lying down to sitting up, all unassisted!

After completion of his treatment protocol, Mr. Azim returned home to India, with the likelihood of seeing further improvements, he will keep up his tailored physiotherapy plan, that BPIH had provided for his benefit.