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Spinal surgery at GOSH

At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), we have developed a pathway for children and young people having spinal surgery. Spinal surgery is a complex procedure, so we want you to understand the benefits and risks of the operation so you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead. This page explains what will happen from your child’s initial clinic appointment through to discharge, which clinicians you may meet and what to expect.

Colonic manometry

Colonic manometry is a test to measure how well the muscles and nerves in the colon (large intestine) work. These muscles squeeze rhythmically to push faeces (poo) through to the rectum and out of the body.

Arterial lines

The purpose of this guideline is to provide guidance in the use of arterial lines at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

NOTE: We review our guidelines regularly and this guideline is now past its review date. The content of the guideline below may not reflect the most recent evidence based practice. Please use with caution.

Anorectal manometry

Anorectal manometry is a test to measure how well the muscles and nerves in the rectum and anus in your child’s bottom are working. Your child needs this test so that the doctors can check how well the muscles and nerves are working to push out faeces (poo).

Positive preliminary results from the Rapid Paediatric Sequencing Project

The Rapid Paediatric Sequencing Project (RaPs) is a pilot project aimed at evaluating the use of rapid whole genome sequencing (WGS) for rare diseases in a clinical setting. Successful results have been received from the first patients to have taken part.