Functional Neurosurgery Treatments

The pediatric neurosurgeons at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program, along with the multidisciplinary team of expert physicians, treat the following conditions:

Brachial plexus injuries 
Physicians at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program evaluate and treat brachial plexus injuries following difficult childbirth or after sustaining a traumatic injury.  Participants in the Brachial Plexus Injury Program include neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and rehabilitation specialists.

Medically intractable epilepsy
Epilepsy is an intermittent derangement of the nervous system due to a sudden, excessive, disorderly electrical discharge of cerebral neurons. More than two-thirds of all epilepsy begins in childhood, when seizures can have damaging results on the child's psychological and physical development. Surgical treatment is highly effective in the treatment of many of the epilepsies that have not responded to medical therapy. Nearly 40 percent of children with partial epilepsy are candidates for surgical therapy.

Pediatric neurosurgeons work in close association with a team of pediatric neurologists and social workers to evaluate children with medically intractable epilepsy to provide the best surgical management and care. The surgeons are experienced in performing hemispherectomies, lobectomies, lesionectomies and placement of vagal nerve stimulators.

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Spasticity surgery
Care of children with spasticity requires a comprehensive team of pediatric specialists who can evaluate and treat the children who might benefit from selective dorsal rhizotomy or placement of Baclofen pump. Intramuscular Botulinum toxin injections can also be effective to reduce spasticity in children and adults. In cooperation with our multidisciplinary pediatric team, the Program's physicians strive to improve the lives of patients with spasticity.

The physicians at Cedars-Sinai's Spasticity Program perform this surgery.