A pediatric neurosurgeon has the experience and qualifications to treat a child with neurosurgical problems.
Pediatric neurosurgeons treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and experience in practice.
What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Neurosurgeons Provide?
Hydrocephalus is the most common disease treated by paediatric neurosurgeons and accounts for roughly US$2 billion in health expenditures in the USA every year
Pediatric neurosurgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children’s nervous system problems and head and spinal deformities including the following:
Head deformities Spine deformities Problems and injuries of the brain, spine, or nerves Gait abnormalities (spasticity) Birth injuries (weakness of arms and legs)
The pediatric neurosurgeon will provide the diagnostic and surgical interventions in a hospital that has the support services, pediatric physicians, and nurses necessary for the care of your child. Children with special needs require that the pediatric neurosurgeon work closely with the primary care pediatrician and the pediatric specialist to provide coordinated and comprehensive care of the child.
One of the main concerns for paediatric neurosurgeons since the advent of ventriculoperitoneal shunts as a treatment for hydrocephalus in the second half of the 20th century has been how to improve its survival 1).