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Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Ochsner Hospital for Children Pediatric Neurosurgery Program offers parents and their children the premier program in Louisiana and the Gulf South.  The nationally-ranked program provides surgical care through an integrated and comprehensive team of board-certified physicians specially trained to provide children and babies with relief from congenital defects and traumatic injuries of the brain and spinal cord. It is the only program in Louisiana offering in utero (fetal) surgery to repair spina bifida in babies before they are born. 

The program is able to treat all types of central nervous system tumors in child patients. The multi-disciplinary team works with each patient’s family to develop a customized treatment approach designed to their specific condition.  Treatment options include non-surgical and surgical approaches. The team promotes active and ongoing clinical research offering patients additional options beyond the standard of care.

Non-surgical treatment options include the use on non-invasive radiosurgery. Ochsner Pediatric Neurosurgery Program surgeons are among Louisiana and the Gulf South region’s most experienced in using this technique as well as Gamma Knife and linear accelerator-based technologies to treat tumors.

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Surgical treatment options are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists who are experts in skull base tumor surgery and treatments. They use the most advanced technologies such as intraoperative navigation systems and brain mapping to aid in the safe performance of surgery and reducing post-surgery problems.

The planning for care to assist the curing of pediatric neurosurgery patients is managed by a multidisciplinary team composed of a neurosurgeon, oncologist, neuro-endocrinologist and radiation oncologist. This approach gives patients peace of mind knowing they are receiving a range of the most up-to-date, comprehensive care options. Children and their families also receive the assistance of specially trained Pediatric Child Life staff to ensure the care they received is as high quality as it is compassionate.

The program offers expertise in treating:

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Birth defects
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Craniofacial deformities (cleft lip and cleft palate)
  • Fetal surgery
  • Pediatric brain tumors
    • Astrocytoma
    • Brainstem glioma
    • Craniopharyngioma
    • Medulloblastoma