The neurosurgery program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is one of the most experienced such programs for pediatric epilepsy patients in the world. For patients with medically resistant seizures, surgery offers hope for cessation of seizures, or a significant reduction in their severity and frequency. Pediatric brain surgery is an exceptionally delicate discipline that often requires precise brain mapping and a high degree of teamwork among the neurosurgeon, neurologist/epileptologist, EEG technologist and other members of the treatment team. Even this highly sophisticated team cannot eliminate all of the risks of surgery, but can minimize that risk as much as possible.
Earlier surgical intervention improves outcomes compared to surgery performed later in life, because the developing brain can re-establish neural pathways which take over all or part of the functions of the excised abnormal brain. Surgery offers pediatric patients the greatest opportunity to improve quality of life, a benefit that must be weighted very carefully against the risks involved.
Nicklaus Children's Hospital has a spectrum of physicians, nurses, and support staff services that complement and enhance the neurosurgical care. Our neuro-radiological staff is second to none. There is a group of pediatric neurologists
that support the neurosurgical program. A world-renowned neuropathologist is in house and there is neuro-oncology
The Division of Neurological Surgery also has enhanced Nicklaus Children's reputation for excellence in areas such as the surgical treatment of epilepsy in childhood, brain tumors, and craniofacial dysotoses in children as well as treatment of congenital problems of the nervous system, such as hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and spasticity. The increased use of minimally invasive-endoscopic-techniques has significantly benefited a number of children. Some children with hydrocephalus who would have needed a permanent shunt have been treated with an endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy via this technique.
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Neurosurgery Division continues to relieve children of severe neurological problems at an early age. Not only are our surgeons saving lives, but they are helping to minimize the social isolation and difficulties in education, which their patients may face throughout their lives.