We offer one of the most experienced, technologically advanced and comprehensive pediatric neurosurgery programs in the state. Whether it's spine or brain surgery, we try to perform less-invasive procedures to:
- Decrease pain
- Cut down on the length of hospital stays
- Shorten recovery time
Areas of neurosurgery for children include:
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Neurocutaneous disorders
- Pediatric epilepsy
- Pediatric spinal disorders and deformity, including dysraphism
- Spinal cord injuries
Meet Savannah: Overcoming A Skull Deformity
Savannah Tucker was born with a rare cranial deformity called craniosynostosis, or clover leaf skull. She was airlifted to UVA Medical Center at just a few days old. A team of neurosurgeons, as well as physicians from orthopedics and plastic surgery, performed over 20 surgeries on Savannah.
Savannah says she feels like she has grown up here at UVA. She overcame the odds and is now in college. She was even able to walk at her graduation.
Faster Neurological Imaging for Kids
Brain and spine imaging plays an important role in neurosurgery. If your child has a neurosurgical need, they may need multiple scans during their treatment process.
Although scans are painless, they can be uncomfortable for children, and too much radiation from CT scans can be harmful for young bodies.
At UVA, we offer a rapid-sequence MRI, or fast-scan MRI, that gives our imaging specialists accurate images in just a few minutes and without the use of radiation.
Learn more about our pediatric imaging services.