Tethered Spinal Cord: Diagnosis and Treatment – Dr. David Sandberg

Tethered Spinal Cord: Diagnosis and Treatment – Dr. David Sandberg

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*Warning: this presentation contains surgical images that some viewers may find disturbing*
Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. David Sandberg discusses tethered spinal cord diagnosis, continuum of care and the latest treatment options available at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX.


  1. ikram khan on April 18, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    My new baby age is 70 days his back spina bifida MRI is very good . Please tell about my baby

  2. ahmed noori on April 18, 2022 at 1:14 pm


  3. moben kane on April 18, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    great job, thanks a lot ,,,,

  4. sudheer's small world on April 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    My baby girl(1MONTH) is noted with dermal sinus tract from the surface to spinal code. Is it curable with surgery.

  5. Nikki Juson on April 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Hi! My son is now 9yrs old he was diagnosed with Lipomeningocele. Ive notice foot deformities. If i will have his operation . Would he walk again like normal and no other complication especially with the brain?

  6. nate klein on April 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Great advise. Good job

  7. Dr. Hari Pandey on April 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Many present with bowel bladder involvement

  8. FOOD FASHION AND LIFE on April 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    I was operated lipomeningomyelocele with tethered cord in 2012 at the age of 24 .perianal sensory loss with incontinence of bladder since childhood .still there’s no improvement.Can it be cured .what should I do. Please give some advice

  9. Govinda Raju on April 18, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Plz reply sir

  10. Govinda Raju on April 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Hi sir

  11. king j on April 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Damn I didn’t have a lump like that when I had mine done

  12. Sandrine Tchaptcha on April 18, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    My Son is two weeks old. Was born with a very small skin tag (very tiny) on his crack no far from his anus. Went to see a neurosurgeon yesterday and he found out that his also have and abnormal gluteal crease. I am so worried about all this. He ordered an ultrasound of the spinal canal, kidney and head. Please what are the chances of my baby not having any issues. Can’t wait to get it done. Any advice??

  13. Dr. Hari Pandey on April 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Very very nicely presented

  14. Evelyn Perez-Brown on April 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Hey Dr. Sandberg it’s me Evelyn Brown. Angel Brown’s mother. Hope you remember me. I need to get a hold of you. I have a tethered cord and would like to call you. Let me know if you get this message please.

  15. Dr. Hari Pandey on April 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Very important topic for us surgeons

  16. Buddha vv on April 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Countres name pls…..

  17. Eva Skidmore-weir on April 18, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Eva, I am a Samoan/Maori 17 year old with a condition called Cloacal Exstrophy. I was diagnosed with Sensitization Syndrome in 2017 when I presented with pain initially in my right thigh then it progressed to my left groin. They suggested a tough love regime where my parents, teachers and health care providers made me move and exercise despite how much pain I presented . For 4 years I was tortured until my Dad couldn’t take it anymore and in desperation contacted the hospital who got angry and dropped us from the pain team. We requested the hospital records and was shocked to see that they had attributed a behavioral component to my symptom’s. They have me listed as a Bladder Exstrophy and said the pain is because of my medical history however I only had the one surgery after birth and never suffered pain before. As it turns out I have all the symptoms of a tethered cord. 100% of Cloacal Exstrophies have occult spinal dysraphism. However when I finally got to see the hospital neurosurgeon for the first time in my life last year he told Dad that that not true.
    The hospital has destroyed my life and my family. And we continue to get denied care at Starship hospital who have become increasingly hostile. The lawyer contacted me today and said I am dropped from childrens and have to go to adult
    My weight is down to 2-5% of average. I’m the only Cloacal Exstrophy in the world where no attempt has been made to make me continent. Or fix a widening pubic synapsis. And a tethered cord. I’m the only Cloacal Exstrophy in New Zealand.
    And I just found out that 90% of my large bowel is gone. My original Pediatric surgeon hasn’t bothered passing that on to anyone. And the hospital doesn’t believe me even though I showed them the original surgery notes. I just got turned down for colorectal input. I’ve been on an adult waiting list for bladder surgery for 7 years as they said that its an elective surgery. And I’ve had no orthopedic, urology or colorectal input as a Cloacal exstrophy.
    Its a miserable existence and hugely stressful for my whanau. The pain deep into my groin is constant now and debilitating. Both my feet are numb. And my bladder has disappeared on the MRI. My body is bent and they said that one of my legs is shorter than the other. I never had that before I was 10. If anyone knows where I can get my cord untethered then please give me a cost and Dad said he would ask his Iwi (tribe Tainui) and Mom can get the Samoan church to help raise the money. Plus our Island community where I live (Waiheke Island). Once we have the Cloacal Exstrophy international community telling the doctors here in New Zealand about this condition than I can raise the money very quickly I think. Dads number is 64 027 225 1459

  18. obey headhuntress on April 18, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    My son will be having this surgery this month on the 17th. He’s only 3 months old

  19. Claire Niduha on April 18, 2022 at 1:51 pm

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  20. Colleen Pellant on April 18, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I’m an adult female with suspected Tethered Cord Syndrome. Have a huge sacral dimple, severe bowel and bowel problems, my right leg is completely numb for 18 months now, no reflex in right knee and no doctor can find a pulse in right foot. I had a tailgut cyst removed in June 2021 but no difference. It does feel as though my coxxyx is in my rectum when I sit. I’m seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon but looking for a second opinion with a Nuerosurgeon this week.

  21. Dr. Hari Pandey on April 18, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I have many pts who go to different surgeons they reoperate leaving badly scared cord with neurological defects

  22. Niveen Mahmoud on April 18, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    what is the suitable age to do the surgery for a lumbar meningocele with a tethered cord for a 4months baby ?

  23. [ P e r s e p h o n e ] on April 18, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Can you imagine how much trial and error it took for them to successfully perform this surgery?

  24. Elfa Lether on April 18, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    My daughter who is now 22 had this op done at 3 months old…She can walk but her gait is wonky and she walks on the side of her foot to the left…I hope she doesn’t end up becoming retethered. Theres so many other things that she has gone through…

  25. Pratima Saini on April 18, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    i want to ask
    ye problem mere baby ko bhi h jo abhi 1 mnth ka kya aap bta skte h aftr operation vo normal rhega ya nhi….
    kya operation k bad bhi koi n koi defect pakka hota h…
    plz tell me
    about thz

  26. Govinda Raju on April 18, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    My daughter is diagnosed with lipomeningocell now she did not walk properly what we will do PLZZ sujjest me sir

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