Neurosurgeons treat disorders of the brain and spinal cord, such as Chiari malformation, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, spasticity and craniofacial anomalies like craniosynostosis.
At Seattle Children’s, we have more pediatric neurosurgeons and neurosurgery nurse practitioners than any other hospital in the Pacific Northwest. Each pediatric neurosurgeon is trained in neurosurgery, as well as the unique needs of babies, children and teens, whose bodies and brains are still developing.
Because of our high level of expertise, surgeons at other hospitals around the region call on us for consultations and refer or transfer children to us for care. We also see patients from around the United States. Seattle Children’s is a national referral center for many brain and spinal cord conditions.
Our neurosurgeons perform highly technical surgeries every day using state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced surgical techniques, such as laser ablation surgery for epilepsy and endoscopic surgery for craniosynostosis and hydrocephalus, and use a stereotactic computer assisted navigation system for surgical navigation. Research shows that extensive experience like ours, based on a large number of surgeries, is the best predictor of quality outcomes.
We work closely with other specialists in fields like neurology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation medicine. This multidisciplinary team approach ensures that your child gets personalized care. We involve whichever experts your child needs, from evaluation and diagnosis through follow-up.
When your child needs imaging studies, we are dedicated to minimizing radiation exposure. Our computed tomography (CT) scanners use the lowest possible amount of radiation to take pictures of your child’s brain or skull. We use CT when we need pictures fast because it only takes a few minutes. We also offer the region’s most advanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which does not use radiation at all. In some cases we can get the images we need using a “fast MRI” called half-Fourier–acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (HASTE), which is much quicker for your child than a typical MRI scan and does not require sedation.
If your child ever needs urgent treatment, we arrange quick access. Seattle Children’s is the only hospital in the region with coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a pediatric neurosurgeon.
The Neurosurgery Division, under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey G. Ojemann, is part of the Department of Surgery at Seattle Children’s and the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.
Awards and Recognition
Our Neurosurgery program is consistently ranked as one of the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Neurosurgery program as the best on the West Coast – and No. 10 in the country.
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