CMT FACTS: Surgery

Most patients who have moderate to severe CMT disease can be helped with surgery. If performed early enough, surgeries like tendon transfers and osteotomies can increase strength and endurance by removing deforming forces in the joint; however, if the condition progresses to a fixed deformity, more invasive measures such as triple arthrodesis is needed. To highlight the complexities that surround the decision to have surgery across the lifespan, surgeries for adults and children are explored.

Pediatrics

Advice for parents of children with CMT

As parents, it may be hard to face the possibility that your child has CMT and needs surgery. But avoiding the signs will only increase the possibility that your child will need invasive procedures. Go to our list of CMT's Top 10 Symptoms to learn what to look for and read more about how CMT can affect the hands of young children.

If you are considering surgery for your child, here is a list of common procedures: Orthopaedic Surgery for the child with CMT

Many pediatricians misinterpret CMT symptoms so if you think your child is showing signs of CMT consult a specialist. The sooner you do so, the better. If treated early and adequately, children with CMT may be able to avoid surgery.