Neurosurgery

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The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery of UT Southwestern at Children's Health℠ offers the latest techniques and technology and highest level of expertise in treating a wide variety of disorders.

Neurosurgery

Pediatric neurosurgeons treat neurosurgical problems that are very different from those present in adults. As such, a neurosurgeon requires specialized training in pediatric diseases. A pediatric neurosurgeon will develop longstanding relationships with your child, as the problems treated by neurosurgical techniques can last a long time. Your child will benefit from this ongoing follow-up care.

In general, pediatric neurosurgeons diagnose, treat and manage nervous system problems, as well as head and spinal deformities, and problems related to injuries to the brain, spine and nerves. The experienced neurosurgeons possess the special qualifications to treat your child.

Why Children's Health℠?

For more than 100 years, Children's Health℠ has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex conditions that require optimal care.

U.S. News & World Report, in its 2014-2015 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, named us as one of the top U.S. pediatric hospitals. Children's Health Neurology & Neurosurgery ranked high on the list. We scored high or superior in categories that include:

  • Management of epilepsy patients
  • Workup and care volume
  • Commitment to best practices

The survey also recognized us for taking the important steps to engage family members. Your child, you and other family members are assured the most compassionate and effective care.

What We Treat

Conditions we treat include:

  • Hydrocephalus, hydromyelia, cyst of the brain
  • Central nervous system tumors and tumors of the skull base and spine
  • Spina bifida, meningomyelocele, tethered spinal cord, Chiari malformation and other congenital malformations of the nervous system
  • Craniosynostosis/craniofacial malformations.
  • Vascular malformations of the nervous system
  • Intractable epilepsy
  • Head and spinal trauma

Services include:

  • Treatment of central nervous system vascular disease, craniofacial anomalies, and head and spinal trauma
  • Surgical treatment for epilepsy including vagal nerve stimulators

Procedures

Advanced surgical procedures the neurosurgeons perform include:

  • Shunting for hydrocephalus (excess fluid buildup in brain ventricles) – Shunting is the most common treatment for anyone with hydrocephalus. It involves implantation of catheters and a flow control valve system to drain the excess accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid from the brain’s ventricles to another part of the body.
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy – This procedure involves making a perforation in the third ventricle of the brain. This allows drainage of cerebrospinal fluid out of the blocked ventricular system.
  • Baclofen pumps for spasticity – This is performed on patients suffering from severe spasticity resulting from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury. During the surgery a pump and catheter are placed under the skin. The catheter delivers a drug to the fluid around the spinal cord.
  • Resection of tumors from the central nervous system – The procedure involves removal of tumors.
  • Repair of spinal cord anomalies and Chiari malformations – Chiari malformation is a condition where the bottom part of the cerebellum dips down into the upper spinal canal.
  • Neuroendoscopy – During this minimally invasive procedure, the neurosurgeon removes a tumor through small hole made in the skull, or the tumor is removed through the mouth or nose.
  • Computer assisted image-guided microscopy – This technique involves insertion of an image-guided microscope.
  • Epilepsy
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