Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgery center provides comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery services for problems relating to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Working collaboratively with other pediatric subspecialties such as neonatologyneurology, orthopaedic surgery, physiatry, ophthalmologyplastic and reconstructive surgeryotolaryngology (ENT) and oncology, the department ensures high-level, compassionate, coordinated care for infants, children and adolescents.

Minimally invasive and microsurgical techniques with advanced intra-operative tools are utilized to surgically treat a variety of neurosurgical conditions. Our surgical outcomes are excellent and our infection rates are one of the lowest in the country.

Valley Children’s has the capabilities to care for all levels of brain and spinal trauma. A comprehensive program is in place to monitor and treat patients with concussions and other types of brain injury.

Our Services

Advanced Neurosurgical Care
Our neurosurgeons use sophisticated equipment and technology including microsurgery, neuro-endoscopy, lasers and minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques and intra-operative image-guided navigation systems to provide advanced neurosurgical care for complex conditions. Our nurses in the operating room, intensive care unit and floors are expertly trained and experienced in providing care for children with neurosurgical problems.

  • State-of-the-art neurosurgical services
  • Neurosurgeon-driven expert treatment
  • Direct, unfiltered, access to the neurosurgeons
  • Family-centered multi-disciplinary care
  • High quality outcomes and low complication rates
  • Advanced imaging and diagnostic tools

Surgeries performed include, but are not limited to:

  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Brain tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Craniosynostosis surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery
    • Placement of grid/strip and depth electrodes for seizure monitoring
    • Temporal lobectomy and Amygdallohippocampectomy
    • Extratemporal resections
    • Functional Hemispherotomy
    • Corpus callosotomy
    • Multiple subpial transections (MST)
    • Vagal nerve stimulation
  • Spinal Dyraphism
  • Stereotactic biopsy and resections
  • Decompression for Chiari malformations
  • Spinal fusions
  • Baclofen Pump placement and Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy
  • Craniotomies for tumor resection
  • Robotic guided surgery

Team Approach

We work closely with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in caring for newborns with congenital brain and spinal cord conditions or deformities. In addition, the following specialized multidisciplinary programs are offered in collaboration with other specialties:

  • Craniofacial Program -- Advanced multidisciplinary care to children with craniofacial conditions
  • Neuro-Oncology Program -- Treatment for malignant and benign brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Epilepsy Surgical Program -- State-of-the-art testing and treatment for children with seizures
  • Hydrocephalus Program -- Focuses on patients with either congenital or acquired hydrocephalus
  • Spasticity Program -- Collaborative program of specialists from physiatry, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work
  • Spina Bifida Program -- Provides multidisciplinary care for children with neural tube defects
  • Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury Program -- Evaluates and treats children and adolescents who have sustained concussions and other traumatic brain injuries