Seattle Children’s has more pediatric neurosurgeons on staff than any other hospital in the Pacific Northwest — with coverage by a pediatric neurosurgeon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We treat all childhood conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord. Patients and families dealing with brain and spinal cord conditions come to Seattle Children’s from all over the United States to receive expert care.
Our experienced healthcare providers have special training to care for the unique needs of pediatric patients, from infants to young adults. We offer a wide range of diagnostic services and treatments, using the very latest technology. We work closely with specialists in other fields — like neurology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation medicine — to care for your child. Our team members establish and take part in national and international research studies to advance care and achieve the best possible results for your child.
More About Our Services
- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest to provide selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) for tone management. Our neurosurgeons, rehabilitation medicine specialists and physical therapists work together to reduce spasticity, or high muscle tone, in your child’s legs. In addition to performing SDRs, our neurosurgeons are experts in performing baclofen pump placements and revisions.
- Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors Program
Our neurosurgeons work closely with other professionals at Seattle Children’s to create an individual care plan for your child. We treat 70 children with a brain or spinal cord tumor each year. Because we see so many, we have the experience to treat even the most unusual cases. Our team includes experts from many different specialties to provide collaborative, comprehensive care for patients with a central nervous system tumor. For some brain tumors — mainly deep, slow-growing tumors — we perform laser ablation surgery.
- Craniosynostosis Program
We have the largest craniosynostosis program in the United States. Working with our Craniofacial Center team, our neurosurgeons perform up to 90 surgeries each year to treat children with craniosynostosis. We are one of a few centers in the country that now offer 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 surgery. 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. This precise, minimally invasive option uses light to heat and destroy unwanted cells. Laser ablation may be a good choice, and even a cure, for children who have few or no other treatment options. Our specialists are dedicated to helping your child be seizure free.
- Chiari Malformation Program
Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step for Chiari malformation. Patients from across the United States come to us for our expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating this condition. Each year our neurosurgeons perform more than 40 surgeries. We also evaluate and follow children who do not need surgery.
- Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program
Seattle Children’s excels at treating brain and spinal cord conditions that are present at birth, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Our Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program works with pregnant women and their families to diagnose spina bifida and prepare for the care their babies will need after birth. For children with spina bifida who need surgery, our neurosurgery team uses the most advanced imaging and surgical techniques. For patients with hydrocephalus, we are experts in shunts and a surgery called an endoscopic third ventriculostomy, which is another way to treat hydrocephalus for certain patients.
- Seattle Sports Concussion Program
Seattle Children’s has the region’s premier team for evaluation and treatment of concussions and brain injuries to keep young athletes safe and healthy. The Seattle Sports Concussion Program is an affiliate program among Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The program is directed by Dr. Samuel Browd.
- Tone Management Program
Specialists from Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine work together in the Tone Management Program to evaluate children with high muscle tone related to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other conditions. We recommend an individualized treatment plan – including medicines, therapy and surgical options like selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pump placement – to improve your child’s function and comfort.
- Vascular Neurology Program
Seattle Children’s has the Pacific Northwest’s only Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program. Problems with the way veins or arteries developed may cause bleeding in the brain or limit the brain’s supply of oxygen-rich blood. Together Seattle Children’s neurosurgeons and neurologists treat vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord, such as moyamoya and cavernous malformations.
- Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists use imaging such as an ultrasound or CT (computed tomography) scan to find and correct problems, including some that affect the brain, without surgery or angiograms. Our neurosurgery and interventional radiology teams partner to select the best treatment for your child’s condition.