Seattle Children’s treats all childhood conditions affecting the brain and central nervous system.
Our doctors, nurses and many other staff members are experts at working with children of all ages, from infants through teens. Seattle Children’s has more pediatric neurosurgeons on staff than any other hospital in the Pacific Northwest.
We offer a wide range of diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest technology. Our doctors establish and take part in national and international research studies, resulting in Seattle Children’s being able to offer new treatment options that many other hospitals do not have access to.
More About Our Services
- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and Tone Management Program
Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric provider of selective dorsal rhizotomy and tone management in the Pacific Northwest. Our neurosurgeons and rehabilitation medical specialists work together to reduce spasticity, or high muscle tone, in a child’s legs. In addition to performing selective dorsal rhizotomies, our neurosurgeons are well established in performing baclofen pump placements and revisions.
- Laser Ablation Surgery for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors
Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only a handful of centers in the country, to offer laser ablation surgery for epilepsy and brain tumors. This precise, minimally invasive option uses light to heat and destroy unwanted cells. It may be a good choice, and even a cure, for children who have few or no other treatment options.
- Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors Program
Every child with a brain or spinal cord malformation or illness is different. Our neurosurgeons work closely with other professionals at Children’s to create an individual care plan for your child, treating 70 to 80 children each year. Our Brain and Spinal Tumor Clinic offers a multidisciplinary team with experts in many different specialties, allowing for collaborative and comprehensive care of the patient with a central nervous system (CNS) tumor.
- Craniosynostosis Program
We have the largest craniosynostosis program in the United States. Working with our Craniofacial Center team, our neurosurgeons perform more than 90 surgeries each year to treat children with craniosynostosis. We are one of a few centers in the country that now offers an endoscopic repair of certain types of craniosynostosis.
- Epilepsy Program
With the largest pediatric epilepsy program in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Children’s offers medical and surgical management of epilepsy using the latest advances in technology, including minimally invasive laser ablation. Our specialists are dedicated to helping your child be seizure-free.
- Chiari Malformation Program
The first step for Chiari malformation is getting an accurate diagnosis. We are a national referral center for Chiari malformation because of our expertise and experience. Each year our neurosurgeons perform more than 40 surgeries and also evaluate and treat children who don’t need surgery.
- Spina bifida
Spina bifida is a neural tube birth defect ranging in severity. For children requiring surgery for spina bifida or other spinal disorders, our Neurosurgery team uses the most advanced imaging and surgical techniques. Seattle Children's Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program provides care for pregnant women and their families on establishing a diagnosis and preparing family for the care provided post birth.
Our neurosurgeons are experts in treating this condition, performing more than 250 hydrocephalus surgeries each year. Seattle Children’s was one of the primary collaborators in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, leading the way in research and new procedures to improve patient care. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are experts in shunts and endoscopic third ventriculostomies, and can help guide families through this diagnosis.