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What is pediatric neurosurgery?

Pediatric neurosurgery treats all childhood neurological conditions that require surgery on the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves.

The brain and central nervous system are responsible for cognitive function and gross and fine motor skills in the human body. When a medical specialist called a pediatric neurologist exhausts treatment methods to successfully treat a child with a neurological disease, it may become necessary to consult a pediatric neurosurgeon to assess the child’s condition and create a surgical treatment plan.

Scott & White’s board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive treatments and traditional open surgeries. Advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques for children ensure their safety and comfort, as well as the best outcome.

You can feel confident knowing your child is in the best hands at McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White.

What does a pediatric neurosurgeon treat?

Many patients seek the care of a pediatric neurosurgeon. Some of them are patients with epilepsy, spina bifida, vascular malformations, craniosynostosis, aneurysms, and other conditions.

Additional conditions could also cause children to need a pediatric neurosurgeon:

  • Benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord
  • Hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid on the brain that may require placement of a VP shunt to relieve cranial pressure (a condition often associated with spina bifida)
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord

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