UT Physicians pediatric neurosurgeons specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children with a broad range of neurological disorders, including brain tumors, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, spasticity, spina bifida, and head injury. The team combines the expertise of pediatric specialists and subspecialists to ensure young patients receive coordinated, evidence-based care and the best possible clinical outcomes.
Traditional and Minimally Invasive Surgery
By utilizing the most advanced imaging technologies designed specifically for pediatric patients – including MRI, CT, PET, MEG, stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and responsive neurostimulation (RNS) – neurosurgeons are able to identify and treat specific areas of the brain and significantly lower the risk of complications. When traditional surgery is required, endoscopic techniques are often used to reduce incision size and scarring for patients who are candidates.
The neurosurgical team is recognized for performing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures, including selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), neuroendoscopy and stereotactic radiosurgery. These groundbreaking procedures routinely result in less pain and a quicker recovery time, allowing patients to return to school, family life and daily activities sooner than traditional open surgeries.
The six-bed pediatric neuroscience pod at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers patients dedicated intermediate nursing care specifically tailored to their needs. This enables Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to provide complex care, neurological exams and specialized treatment. The nursing staff is also chemotherapy certified and able to provide infusions to patients without moving them to another location. In the event of an emergency, the hospital’s emergency department and operating room teams have logged impressive times for moving a patient quickly through assessment and imaging to life-saving treatment.
Scope of Expertise
Our board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons are leaders in providing the most advanced treatments for a full spectrum of conditions, including:
- Arachnoid cysts
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Brain tumors
- Cerebral palsy
- Chiari malformation
- Congenital malformations
- Craniofacial disorders, including craniosynostosis
- Epilepsy surgery
- Fetal neurosurgery
- Head and spine trauma
- Moyamoya disease
- Myelomeningocele and other congenital spinal anomalies (spina bifida)
- Pediatric stroke
- Peripheral nerve disorders (brachial plexus disorders)
- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)
- Spinal cord tumors
- Tethered spinal cord
- Tuberous sclerosis complex
- Vascular malformations
As faculty members at McGovern Medical School, our team of pediatric neurosurgeons have pioneered novel techniques for treating malignant brain tumors in children through local drug delivery directly into the brain. The research has led to several open, FDA-approved clinical trials for children with recurrent, malignant brain tumors. Qualified patients are able to enroll in a range of clinical trials for both investigational drugs and procedures.
Qualified patients are able to enroll in a range of clinical trials for both investigational drugs and procedures.
For more information on specific clinical trials, please contact us at(713) 500-7363 or go here.
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Contact a Specific Specialty:
- To contact the UT Physicians Pediatric Surgery Clinic, please call (832) 325-7242.
- To contact the Texas Comprehensive Spasticity Center, call (832) 325-7242.
- To contact the Pediatric Brain Tumor program, please call (832) 325-7242.