Pediatric Neurosurgery

Carilion Clinic features surgeons with comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery experience and expertise. Other members of the neurosurgery team include highly skilled pediatric neurologists, electroencephalography (EEG) technologists, advanced care practitioners, registered nurses, technicians, and social workers. Our team can handle all forms of pediatric neurosurgical conditions, and are well versed in pediatric emergencies.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality care with compassion, dedication, and attention to children and their families. In addition to our expert physicians and state-of-the-art facility, you will find our clinic offers a warm, welcoming staff to help ease the anxieties associated with medical treatment.

Carilion's experienced neurosurgeons perform more than 100 pediatric surgeries every year. Some types of pediatric surgery we perform include:

Craniofacial reconstruction. Some children are born with severely disfigured skulls and facial bones which can often be significantly improved with reconstructive surgery. Sometimes neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and oromaxillofacial surgeons combine their expertise for surgery.

Ventricular and cyst shunting and endoscopic fenestration. Used for patients with hydrocephalus, this technique diverts the excess brain fluid to other areas of the body through thin tubes placed under the skin. Sometimes this "shunting" can be avoided by using an endoscope (television scope) to free fluid passages in the brain.

Arteriovenous malformations. Usually formed before birth, “AVMs” are tangles of abnormal blood vessels in the brain that can hemorrhage or bleed, causing serious brain injury and in some cases, death. Surgery may be combined with other treatments, including stereotactic radiosurgery, and angiographic micro-catheter treatments.

Additional types of pediatric surgeries and procedures performed by Carilion neurosurgeons include:

  • Ventriculostomies
  • ICP monitors
  • Preemie-IVH
  • Repair of congenital spinal deformities/ anomalies (tethered spinal cord)
  • Placement of intrathecal drug delivery systems for spasticity
  • Procedures for dwarfism
  • Brain Tumor surgery