BACKGROUND: A new surgery is helping patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury or were born with spina bifida regain control of their bladder and bowel function.
Spina bifida is a serious birth defect that occurs when the tissue around the spinal cord doesn”t close properly. The spinal cord pushes through the opening, damaging nerve ends. It affects two out of every 1,000 births.
After birth, surgeons close the opening but scar tissue is left behind, which can cause neurological problems. As kids grow, they must have a detethering procedure to trim away the scar tissue.