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 neonatology, neurology, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology (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 almost 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 Third ventriculostomy
  • Endoscopic cyst fenestration
  • Endoscopic treatment of brain tumors.and hydrocephalus
  • Endoscopic 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
  • Release of Tethered spinal Cord
  • Encephaloduroarteriosynangiosys (EDAS) for Moya Moya disease
  • Stereotactic biopsy and resections
  • Decompression for Chiari malformations
  • Spinal fusions
  • Baclofen Pump placement and management
    • Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy

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 neurology, 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

Conditions We Treat

Conditions treated include but are not limited to:

  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Plagiocephaly and Craniosynostosis
  • Brain and Spinal cord Tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Congenital/Developmental Cysts/Disorders
  • Chiari malformations
  • Syringomyelia
  • Spina Bifida and Tethered Cord
  • Spinal Lipoma and Dermal Sinus tracts
  • Spasticity and cerebral palsy
  • Brain, spine and spinal cord injury
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Achondroplasia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Arterio-venous malformations and Cavernous malformations
  • Herniated discs and Lumbar stenosis

Meet Our Team

Specialized Team for Neurosurgery Excellence
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained team of pediatric neurosurgery specialists works together with a multidisciplinary approach to improved care for our young patients.

The team works closely with other Valley Children’s services and pediatric specialties to encompass a full spectrum of care.

Prithvi Narayan, MD, FAANS
Director of Neurosciences
Medical Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Patricia Clerkin, MD, FAANS

Melandee Brown, MD