Neurosurgery

When it comes to the brain, only deep experience and expertise will do. The Section of Neurosurgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children 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, plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology (ENT) and oncology, the Section ensures high-level, compassionate, coordinated care for infants, children and adolescents.

The pediatric neurosurgeons at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children work collaboratively with other pediatric subspecialties to offer multidisciplinary care for your child.  As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, St. Christopher’s offers pediatric neurosurgery as an integral component of trauma services, and is capable of treating nearly all levels of brain and spinal trauma. In addition, a comprehensive program is in place to monitor and treat children with concussions and other types of head trauma.

St. Christopher’s neurosurgeons also work closely with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in caring for newborns with brain and spinal cord injuries or deformities and with other specialists to provide care for children with spina bifida and cancerous and noncancerous brain and spinal cord tumors.

Conditions We Treat

Developmental and congenital problems:

  • Hydrocephalus — a condition that causes excessive fluid in the brain
  • Chiari malformation (brain deformity) and syringomyelia (spinal cord cysts)
  • Myelomeningocele — a birth defect of the spinal cord (backbone)
  • Tethered spinal cord and spina bifida occulta
  • Meningoceles and encephaloceles
  • Skull lesions or cysts
  • Spasticity and cerebral palsy
  • Brain and spinal cysts

 Craniofacial conditions:

  • Positional molding or plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
  • Craniosynostosis—a birth defect in which one or more of the joints in a baby’s skull close early
  • Fibrous dysplasia — a rare bone disorder in which fibrous tissues grows in place of healthy bone
  • Craniofacial (face and skull) trauma and fractures
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Benign and malignant brain and spinal cord tumors

Specialized Services and Programs

Schedule an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5196.