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Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release

What is Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release?

During bipolar sternocleidomastoid release, the sternal and clavicle (beginning and end) of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck is cut.

Also Known As:

  • Bipolar release for torticollis
  • Congenital torticollis surgery
  • Neck surgery
  • Pediatric surgery

Conditions Treated with Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release:

Bipolar sternocleidomastoid release is utilized to treat congenital muscular torticollis. 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release:

Manual stretching exercises are a non-surgical alternative to bipolar sternocleidomastoid release. Surgical alternatives include middle-third sternocleidomastoid release and complete sternocleidomastoid resection.

Anesthesia with Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release:

Bipolar sternocleidomastoid release is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release:

Possible risks following bipolar sternocleidomastoid release include infection, bleeding, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience blood vessel damage, scarring and abnormal muscle contour.

Prognosis after Bipolar Sternocleidomastoid Release:

The prognosis for a positive end result following bipolar sternocleidomastoid release is good.

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