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Nationally Recognized Pediatric Neurosurgery

Setting a New Standard

AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, has a dedicated neurosurgical surgery suite with operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art, precision technology. The surgical suite is staffed with a highly experienced team, including a full-time pediatric anesthesia team.

Our neurosurgeons are nationally recognized experts in:

  • Brain and spinal injury treatment
  • Brain and spinal tumor treatment
  • Cerebrosvascular disease
  • Chiari malformations
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Pituitary surgery
  • Spasticity
  • Spina bifida/congenital spinal anomalies
  • Spinal disorders (minimally invasive and complex surgeries)
  • Skull base surgery (minimally invasive and invasive)
  • Syringomyelia
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Vascular anomalies of the brain
Advanced Technology With

Exceptional Patient Care

The operating rooms at AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, feature intraoperative 3-Tesla MRI and 40-Slice CT capabilities, the most precise neurosurgical intervention in the world. AdventHealth is the only hospital with this leading-edge surgical tool in the Southeastern region of the U.S. The technology can produce live three-dimensional image feeds during surgery, so neurosurgeons can monitor their progress during a procedure.

When combined with intraoperative lasers, the GPS-like neuro-navigation systems and high-definition optical devices, our neurosurgeons have the best technology in the country to address neurological diseases, brain and spinal injuries and craniofacial disorders in our young patients.

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Pediatric Neurology

A Team Approach

Based on your child’s particular needs, and to ensure the best outcomes possible, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery treatments may be part of a multidisciplinary approach that also includes care in craniofacial, plagiocephaly, neuro-oncology, neurofibromatosis or one of our other specialty programs.

In Pediatric Neurosurgery

Experience Matters

Each year, hundreds of pediatric brain surgeries and neuromedical procedures are performed at AdventHealth for Children. Without question, experience matters when it comes to any medical procedure, especially when the inherent complexities of a child's developing brain are concerned. Our highly professional pediatric neurology team has the knowledge and experience you want when your child is ill.

We are early adopters, and often the innovators, of advanced brain and spinal tumor or injury treatments where we utilize leading edge equipment, techniques and care.

This dedication to excellence in pediatric neurosurgery care has led us into new specialty areas. AdventHealth for Children was the first hospital in the nation to have a Director of Congenital Neurosurgery. We were the first in Florida to introduce the Leksell Gamma Knife© 4C, specifically for the treatment of pediatric patients with complex neurological disorders. We remain the only facility in Central Florida using Gamma Knife treatment – offering new hope to children with brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders. In addition to advanced neuroscience technologies such as Stealth Surgical Navigation System, Gamma Knife®, 3-Tesla MRI and image-guided radiation therapy, we are also the only hospital in the Southeast to have an intra-operative MRI that allows the neurosurgeon to operate on a child’s still developing brain or spinal cord using three-dimensional, real-time imaging.

Special Care. Specialized Doctors.

Meet Our Pediatric Neurosurgery Experts

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Elite Surgical Care Leveraging the Latest Technology

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3T MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is an advanced imaging procedure that employs large magnets and  radio waves to create a detailed image of inside the body. The 3T MRI produces a higher-definition picture than conventional, 1.5T MRI technology, offering a potential advantage for evaluation and diagnosis of tumors, lesions, physiological processes and all body structures. This painless test usually takes about 60 minutes to complete, and requires the patient to lie still while the scanning is in process. In patients who have experienced seizures, it can be particularly helpful for locating the origin of the brain in which the seizures are generated. These tests are capable of capturing irregularities in the brain and other parts of the body. 

MEG Brain Mapping

 Magnetoencephalography, or MEG for short, is a non-invasive, non-surgical brain-mapping procedure that provides the most accurate picture possible of where and when brain activity occurs. MEG is capable of tracking moment-to-moment brain activity at the millisecond time scale or better, which allows doctors to pinpoint the areas of the brain responsible for abnormal activity in epileptic disorders.  The fact that MEG technology is completely safe is particularly important for routine clinical evaluations of young children. MEG is already aiding in the treatment of epileptic and brain-tumor patients and opening new doors to research in neurodevelopmental disorders, stroke, brain trauma, brain plasticity, aging and memory.

MEG provides the most accurate picture possible of where abnormal brain activity occurs so surgeons can perform highly targeted operations and physicians can plan the best treatment options for each patient. Areas of the brain supporting critical functions (i.e., language, movement, sensation, vision) can be localized using MEG, helping physicians to reduce the risk of functional morbidity following surgery.  Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is the only program in the state of Florida offering this breakthrough technology, allowing us to provide our patients with the most advanced care available.

ROSA (Robotic Stereotactic Assistance)

ROSA is a robotic surgical assistant, designed to increase the reliability and safety of various neurosurgical procedures. ROSA assists surgeons in performing minimally invasive brain surgery for epilepsy and other neurologic conditions, in a safer, faster, more effective way by using image guidance and providing a stereotactic device that holds surgical tools and allows procedures with image guidance to be done robotically.