During middle-third sternocleidomastoid release, the
middle-third of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (located in the neck) is cut.
- SMC release
release for torticollis
Treated with Middle-Third Sternocleidomastoid Release:
Middle-third sternocleidomastoid release may be
performed in cases of congenital muscular torticollis that does not respond to
Stretching the sternocleidomastoid muscle is a
non-surgical alternative to middle-third sternocleidomastoid release. Surgical
alternatives to the procedure include complete sternocleidomastoid resection
and bipolar sternocleidomastoid release.
with Middle-Third Sternocleidomastoid Release:
Middle-third sternocleidomastoid release is
performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and
completely unaware during the procedure.
Complications from Middle-Third Sternocleidomastoid Release:
Possible risks following middle-third
sternocleidomastoid release include infection, scarring, bleeding, nerve
damage, blood vessel damage, abnormal muscle contour and a negative reaction to
after Middle-Third Sternocleidomastoid Release:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
middle-third sternocleidomastoid release is good.