If your child needs surgery involving the brain, skull, spinal cord, spinal column, or other parts of the nervous system, we will be there to care for your child and support your family every step of the way. No matter what kind of neurosurgical condition or problem you’re facing, our top priority is making sure your child receives the best treatment available.
Pediatric Neurological Disorders and Conditions:
- spina bifida
- central and peripheral nervous system problems
- birth defects
- injuries affecting the head, brain, nerves, and spine
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From prenatal consultations for expectant parents to complex surgical procedures and post-surgical evaluations, our Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nemours Children’s Hospital offers hope for kids of all ages who need surgery involving the brain, skull, spinal cord, spine, and peripheral nervous system.
Our home is on the hospital’s 5th floor where we interface seamlessly with many Nemours professionals in neurology, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitative medicine, and related services. We also provide comprehensive care for concussions and traumatic brain injury.
Your child will be cared for by a team of professionals who focus exclusively on children. We’ll help your family throughout the journey, offering support and top-rate care — doing whatever it takes to help your child reach or return to his or her full potential.
When a child has a neurological condition that requires surgery, we know it can be a stressful and sometimes a potentially complex process. At Nemours Children’s Hospital we have all the tools needed to provide pediatric neurosurgical care that is world-class — including state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and equipment, leading-edge surgical procedures, and extensive imaging and navigational equipment for precise instrument guidance.
Our pediatric neurosurgery care team is committed to providing a truly family-centered, whole-child model of care. This means we involve you, the family, every step of the way — always listening to your thoughts and concerns. We want you to understand what to expect from your child’s condition, evaluation and treatment, and to guide us in helping to make the right decisions for your child.
This also means our pediatric neurosurgeons work together as a team with other Nemours specialists that may be involved in your child’s care, and you’ll often be able to see many of them all in one location, all on the same day.
Your child’s circle of care will include medical and support providers as well:
- surgical nurse liaison: keeps you updated about your child’s progress during surgery and makes the process as easy as possible on your family
- psychologist: helps your child understand and manage emotions before and after surgery
- Child Life specialist: helps your child cope with stress and anxiety through therapeutic play
- social worker: guides you every step of the way and helps you cope with what’s happening
- clergy: offers non-denominational spiritual support, hope, and healing
As part of the comprehensive pediatric neuroscience team at Nemours Children’s Hospital, our neurosurgeons provide care for children who have these and other conditions:
- congenital and acquired defects of the brain, skull, spinal cord, and spine
- tumors of the brain, skull, and spinal cord
- traumatic brain injury, including sports-related concussion
- craniosynostosis and positional plagiocephaly (misshapen skull), through minimally invasive and other procedures
- chiari malformation
- spina bifida
- spasticity, through intrathecal baclofen delivery system and other neurosurgical interventions
- epilepsy requiring surgical intervention (diagnostics, vagal nerve stimulator, resection)
- arachnoid cyst
- tethered spinal cord
- spinal instability
- herniated disc disease
- infections of the nervous system requiring surgical intervention
- neurofibromatosis and related genetic disorders
- vascular malformations of the nervous system
Many people associate concussion and traumatic brain injury with contact sports. While these are the cause of many concussions, others can come from auto or bike accidents, a fall, or any other blunt force to the head. If your child experiences a concussion or traumatic brain injury, our concussion specialists at Nemours Children’s Hospital work together as a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and, if needed, treat the condition and help your child gradually and safely ease back into normal activities.
Concussion symptoms for children are different from those for adults. So it’s important to seek care from professionals who understand these differences and know how to tailor treatment accordingly. Most kids just need lots of rest from physical and mental activities before returning to normal activities. We’ll develop a personalized treatment program based on your child’s symptoms and any changes in functioning.
During the recovery time, your child or teen should rest and avoid physical activities including physical education (gym class), competitive or contact sports, exercise, ball sports, weight training, running, recess, bike riding, and wheeled activities (to name a few) until cleared by a doctor.
Be aware that Florida law requires clearance from a physician before a high school student with a concussion can return to team sports activities. Your child or teen may also need to stay away from loud, bright, crowded places, and limit activities that require a lot of thinking — including school, work, and driving.
Some kids require specialized diagnostic, monitoring, and treatment techniques. Rarely, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other radiology (or medical imaging) tests may be needed to check for more severe damage. If so, you can get the appropriate testing right here at the hospital. Occasionally younger children with concussion may need to be monitored overnight in the hospital; of course, we do that, too.
A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.
You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.
Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.
Other in-room features include:
- full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
- refrigerator for family meals and snacks
- wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
- GetWellNetwork interactive television is uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more, and allows your child to watch TV, surf the web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team
Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.
We have many more comforts and amenities, like:
- complimentary valet and parking
- kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
- café coffee shop
- non-denominational chapel
- concierge services
If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Our unique services include:
- interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image-guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
- neuroradiological, cardiovascular, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) imaging: Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
- Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.
Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.
We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.
If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the 1st floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families cope by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care even before you leave our hospital or clinic.
A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment, and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.
Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.
Where We Provide Services
In addition to the hospital, we can provide outpatient care for your child at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, and we coordinate and consult with providers at Arnold Palmer Hospital and its satellite locations. We also see patients referred for care by physicians at Nemours Children’s Clinic locations in Jacksonville and Pensacola, as well as our Central Florida satellite locations in Viera and Lake Mary.