Our Pediatric Neurosurgery team cares for children with neurosurgical disorders and diseases including congenital malformations, brain and spinal tumors, head and spinal injuries, and peripheral nerve disorders. Inpatient care is provided through Penn State Children's Hospital, which contains a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the children's and adolescent floor. When rehabilitation is needed, it is coordinated with our Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit and includes comprehensive physical and neuropsychological rehabilitation of children.
Surgical neuro-endoscopy is presently being used to treat patients with complex intraventricular pathology. Endoscopes, endoscopic instruments, KTP and YAG lasers, and monopolar diathermy are part of the endoscopic armamentarium. Procedures such as third ventriculostomies, ventricular biopsies, cyst fenestration, and septostomies are currently being performed.
Penn State Children's Hospital is just the third children's hospital in the United States to acquire a new, minimally invasive neurosurgical medical device that makes pediatric brain and spine tumor removal faster and easier.