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Neurosurgery


The Neurosurgery Division at Children’s National Medical Center serves as a regional, national, and international destination for newborns and children with disorders that require neurosurgical intervention, including brain tumors in all phases, functional, traumatic, and vascular disorders.

Accustomed to tackling the most complex cases, our surgeons perform hundreds of procedures every year. The team provides 24-hour inpatient care at Children’s National, as well as timely pre-operative consultations and post-operative follow up care at Children’s outpatient centers in Annapolis and Rockville, MD. and Fairfax, Va. All of our physicians are published experts and board certified in pediatric neurosurgery..

Conditions we care for include:
Brain tumors
• Brain and spinal cord trauma
Cerebrovascular disorders
Craniofacial disorders
Epilepsy - intractable (through surgical therapeutics)
Hydrocephalus
• Neurofibromatosis
• Peripheral nerve reconstruction, including brachial plexus
• Skull base disorders
•Chiari Malformations
• Spinal Dysraphism, including Spina Bifida/ Tethered Cord
• Spine/ spinal cord tumors and malformations
• Spasticity and other movement disorders, including dystonia

The Most Advanced Care
The redesigned Children's National neurosurgical operating suite at Children’s National Medical Center opened in 2011. Designed with the family in mind, the state-of-the-art facility offers patients and their families a dedicated neuroscience care unit with all private suites, neuro-pediatric intensive care rooms, and a neuro-newborn intensive unit.

During your child’s procedure, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques when possible to minimize blood loss, pain, and scarring, and reduce recovery times. Technologies include the Gamma Knife®, which allows for exceptional precision during surgery and an Intraoperative MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that enables surgeons to view in real time the location of a tumor or other lesion. This intraoperative MRI in combination with an integrated neurosurgical microscope and stereotactic guidance system make this suite one of the most technically sophisticated operating rooms for children in the world. The state-of-the art neurosurgical operating room also includes intraoperative imaging modalities, including coordinated endoscopic, ultrasound, CT and a 1.5T magnet to provide the optimum environment for minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Associated Programs and Services
The following programs offer additional, specialized care for patients and their families:
• Epilepsy – Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neuro Intensive Care Unit

Because we recognize how difficult it can be when your child is in the hospital, the division also has a dedicated Concierge Service to help make sure your needs are met, and visiting family members are taken care of as well.

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