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Core Surgical Services

A multidisciplinary team of experts as diverse as the services they offer.

The Brain Care Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers a range of services to care for infants, children, and adolescents with injuries or conditions of the brain and spinal cord that are among the most comprehensive in the nation.

Our core neurosurgery services and centers include:

  • Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury Center: This center treats infants with obstetrical brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries by combining several specialty areas — from plastic, orthopedic and hand surgery, to neurosurgery and physical and occupational therapy.
  • Brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve tumors: The neurosurgery and neuro-oncology multidisciplinary program provides access to the newest conventional and minimally invasive treatment strategies, as well as the most promising drugs, in many cases, available at only a select number of pediatric centers around the country.
  • Cerebrovascular anomaly services: A cerebrovascular anomaly is a malformation of the blood vessels supplying the brain, which can put a child at risk for stroke or hemorrhage. Neurosurgeons operate on these to restore normal blood flow to the brain, reducing these risks.
  • Cleft-craniofacial disorder services: The Brain Care Institute treats the full spectrum of craniosynostosis problems and other deformities affecting skull development in children, in many cases working collaboratively with a team of surgeons within the Cleft-Craniofacial Center.
  • Decompression surgery for Chiari malformations and syringomyelia: The Brain Care Institute treats Chiari malformation, a downward displacement of the back of the brain (cerebellum) through the opening at the base of the skull, leading to compression of the brainstem and, in some cases, formation of a fluid cavity (syrinx) within the spinal cord.
  • Epilepsy surgery: Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder in the world. The Surgical Epilepsy Program offers the full spectrum of diagnostic and surgical options to pediatric patients with epilepsy.
  • Hydrocephalus treatments, including endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV): The Brain Care Institute performs traditional and endoscopic surgeries for hydrocephalus (the buildup of fluid on the brain), including endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), which creates an opening in the floor of the third ventricle, to bypass the area of blockage in spinal fluid flow.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Brain Care Institute is a regional and national leader in performing minimally invasive procedures using smaller incisions, which can mean less pain, less scarring, faster healing, and shorter hospital stays.
  • Movement Disorders and Spasticity Clinic: With one of the few teams specially trained in the treatment of movement disorders, this specialty clinic cares for children with a wide variety of movement disorders, including spasticity, Tourette syndrome, and dystonia.
  • Neuroimaging research: The Pediatric Imaging Research Center (PIRC) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC takes a multidisciplinary approach to imaging research, and provides access to the most advanced diagnostic imaging technologies available.
  • Spina bifida: Our spina bifida program offers a coordinated inpatient and outpatient approach to testing, treating, and re-evaluating children of all ages with neural tube birth defects and spinal cord disorders.
  • Treatment for congenital spinal anomalies: We offer treatment for a full range of congenital abnormalities, including lipomyelomeningocele, split cord malformations, dermal sinus tracts, tethered spinal cord, atlantoaxial and atlantooccipital instability in Down syndrome, and others.
Last Update
July 8, 2013
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Last Update
July 8, 2013