The category pediatric neurosurgery includes all the procedures surgeons use to treat conditions that arise in the nervous systems of infants, children and adolescents.
At the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center, we are dedicated to caring for children. We specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect these youngest patients, and we consider excellence in bedside manner to be of the utmost importance. We strive to make children and their families as comfortable as they can possibly be, throughout their time with us.
Our pediatric neurosurgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric practitioners, providing a breadth of world-class expertise that can be found only at a hospital dedicated to children.
Some of the neurosurgical disorders we treat at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center are:
Our pediatric neurosurgeons are passionate about working with children, and the members of our team are aware at all times of children’s particular needs and the trust their families have placed in us.
A focus on communication
When our pediatric neurosurgeons sit down with young patients, seeking to understand the children’s symptoms, they draw on a wealth of experience in such conversations. Over time, our doctors have developed the highest levels of skill in listening to children, knowing the right questions to ask—and how to ask them—to help young patients explain what they are experiencing.
We recognize that it is crucially important to learn everything we can from each child we are treating; providing age- and developmentally appropriate opportunities for our patients to describe their symptoms allows our neurosurgeons to make fully informed diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
The value of specialization
Children are not miniature adults. Specialized expertise is essential to the proper diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients. For example, our neurosurgeons are highly trained in treating the particular types of brain aneurysms that arise in children—which differ in important ways from those found in adults.
Deep knowledge about children’s growth and development informs all our treatment recommendations. For children, particular risks and benefits correspond to particular treatments in ways that may be different than for adults. We create plans of care that take these differences carefully into account.
Harnessing advanced technology
Certain opportunities for treatment exist at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center because we are located in an exceptionally well-equipped hospital.
Our pediatric team also uses the latest minimally invasive and computer-assisted techniques, which mean improved accuracy, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times and improved outcomes. That means children can return to school, friends and their lives faster.
Leadership in the field
Our pediatric neurosurgeons are always looking for ways to improve surgical procedures. As a result, they have pioneered new and improved techniques. For example, Drs. Anderson and Feldstein surgically treat Chiari I malformation without unnecessarily opening the protective membrane around the brain called the dura mater. This approach lowers complication rates and recovery length, meaning better outcomes and fewer risks for children.
Because we are a research institution, our doctors are not only actively involved in conducting clinical research studies themselves but are also in constant communication with other researchers around the world. This translates to leading-edge care that is informed by the most current understanding of pediatric conditions.
Columbia’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Fund provides regular support for clinical research on brain tumors among children. At the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center, research focused on helping children is an integral part of our philosophy. Our neurosurgeons’ ongoing research helps to make new and better treatments available.
Choosing the right pediatric neurosurgeon is essential. Studies consistently show that experienced pediatric neurosurgeons at neurosurgical centers of excellence achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
Pediatric neurosurgeons Dr. Richard Anderson and Dr. Neil Feldstein are experts in all forms of pediatric neurosurgery. Each can also offer a second opinion.
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