A Nemours doctor performs pediatric neurosurgery.

Nemours Children’s Health System is recognized for providing advanced and comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery to newborns, infants, children and adolescents across the country, and around the world. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are renowned for their expertise and skill treating common to complex neurological conditions and diseases whether they are congenital (present at birth) or acquired (related to injury, other pediatric medical conditions and genetic predispositions). At Nemours, our goal is to provide healing and health for your child, and support for your entire family.

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Advanced Pediatric Neurosurgery Care For Kids

Nemours’ pediatric neurosurgeons have extensive knowledge about how a child’s brain develops and work to minimize risks to future brain functioning. We perform extremely advanced and precise pediatric neurosurgery procedures for nearly every childhood brain, skull, spinal cord and nervous system condition. Together with a multidisciplinary team of specialists (neurologists, orthopedists, geneticists, urologists, developmental and behavioral experts, radiologists), Nemours provides comprehensive, compassionate care for your child’s physical, cognitive and emotional needs before, during and well after neurosurgery is performed.

Some of the neurosurgical pediatric conditions we treat include:

  • aneurysms (ballooning or widening of an artery)
  • arachnoid cysts (fluid-filled sac inside the head or spine)
  • arteriovenous malformations (abnormal connection between arteries and veins)
  • brachial plexus injuries (spinal cord nerves that signal to the shoulder, arms and hands)
  • brain and spinal cord injury
  • brain and spinal cord tumors
  • carpal tunnel syndrome (pinched wrist nerve)
  • Chiari malformation (when brain tissue extends down into the spinal cord)
  • congenital anomalies of the neck and back (birth defects)
  • craniofacial anomalies (facial and skull bone disorders)
  • craniosynostosis (skull bones fuse together before the brain has stopped growing)
  • dural fistulas (abnormal connection between arteries and veins in the outer layer of the brain)
  • epilepsy (neurological seizure disorder)
  • head, neck and back trauma
  • herniated discs (slipped or ruptured discs between the vertebrae)
  • holoprosencephaly (when forebrain does not divide into cerebral hemispheres in utero (womb)
  • hydrocephalus (increased spinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain)
  • idiopathic intracranial hypertension (increased spinal fluid pressure in the brain)
  • intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding inside the skull)
  • malformations of the head and neck
  • moyamoya disease (blockage of the internal carotid arteries)
  • neurofibromatosis types I and II (nerve tissue tumors)
  • pituitary and pineal gland lesions (craniopharyngiomas, germ cell tumors)
  • positional plagiocephaly (flattened head)
  • schizencephaly (abnormal slits or clefts in the cerebral hemispheres of the brain)
  • scoliosis (spine curvature)
  • spasticity (muscle stiffness and/or involuntary movement)
  • spina bifida (neural tube defect of the spine)
  • Surge-Weber syndrome (marked by vascular birthmark and neurological abnormalities)
  • syringomyelia (cyst in the spinal cord)
  • tethered spinal cord (when the spinal cord is attached to the spinal column)
  • tuberous sclerosis (benign lesions of the nervous system)
  • ulnar tunnel syndrome (compressed nerve located at the pinky side of the hand)
  • vascular anomalies of the head and neck

Renowned Researchers and Neurosurgeons

The neurosurgeons at Nemours are very active in researching neurological conditions in children, and publishing in peer-reviewed medical journals. We’re leading clinical and translational research to find innovative ways to treat pediatric brain tumors and tumors of the central nervous system, as well as neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal diseases and conditions in children including scoliosis, spina bifida, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and more. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are also studying concussion treatments and developing novel neurosurgical instruments and non-invasive diagnostic technologies.

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Family-Centered Care at Its Best

At the center of our care are our patients and families. We understand that no one knows your child better than you, so we always take time listen to your concerns and provide personal service and comprehensive care for your child —  and family — through emotional support, education and open communication.

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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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From prenatal consultations for expectant parents to post-surgical evaluations, our Division of Neurosurgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers hope for kids of all ages who need surgery involving the brain, spine, or nervous system.

And we understand that children with complex medical issues may need additional care. That’s why we offer families the convenience of on-site programs for Spinal Dysfunction, Brain Tumors, and Spasticity (cerebral palsy with increased tone).

Christiana Care in Wilmington

Through our alliance with the Christiana Care Health System, the Christiana Care Medical Center also transfers newborns who need neurosurgical intervention to duPont Hospital for Children for treatment.

What to Expect With Pediatric Surgery

If your child needs surgery, you can trust our pediatric surgical team at Nemours. Our pediatric surgical specialists (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses) understand what kids need, psychologically and physically. Our guidebook provides step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know About Surgery

Take your child on a pediatric surgery video tour with Sheridan on her surgery day. This fun, kid-friendly video shows children and teens what to expect, step-by-step, if they need an operation at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.