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.
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.