Destination Program Highlight:Neurology and Neurosurgery

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AdventHealth for Children’s experienced and skilled pediatric neuroscience team diagnoses and treats a range of conditions, including brain tumors, spinal disorders, seizures, sleep disorders and learning difficulties. Comprised of pediatric neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-psychologists and oncologists, our multidisciplinary team closely collaborates to establish diagnoses and formulate personalized treatment plans, using the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet the special needs of children.

Committed to advancing care, our neuroscience team is also actively involved in research to further understand disease processes affecting children. We are proud to be at the forefront of advanced personalized medicine with national collaborations moving this research forward. Distinctive features of our neuroscience care include:

Level IV Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program — One of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its type in the nation, services include nutritional therapy, resective surgery, corpus callosotomy, hemispherectomy/hermispherectomy, vagus nerve stimulation, seizure monitoring unit, tuberous sclerosis clinic, 3T MRI and non-surgical brain mapping. Neurofibromatosis and Neuro-Oncology Clinic — Recognized as the second-largest Neurofibromatosis Clinic in the country, our skilled, multidisciplinary team of specialists provides diagnostic services, support and education, clinical trial information and participation, specialty referrals, condition monitoring and genetic counseling.

Chiari Center — The largest clinic of its kind in the United States, we offer diagnostic services as well as medical and surgical management options.

Craniofacial Clinic — We are the only craniofacial and cleft palate clinic in Central Florida to employ the latest endoscopic procedures performed by both pediatric neurosurgical and plastic surgical doctors, each with at least 20 years of experience.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Chiari malformation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Tethered cord
  • Syringomyelia
  • Craniosynostosis

Minimally Invasive and Precision Pediatric Neurosurgery

To ensure the best possible patient outcomes, our neurosurgical team employs minimally invasive approaches and precision neurosurgery to target brain pathology and tumors. When appropriate, we use a number of state-of-the-art techniques:

• Intraoperative MRI and CT — Aids in the removal of brain
lesions, making the procedure safer and improving outcomes
• Neuro-navigation (“GPS”) — Guides the surgeon through the
use of computer-assisted technology
• Intraoperative neuromonitoring — Provides real-time
feedback regarding the function of the nerves, brain and
spinal cord
• Robotic and laser-assisted surgery — Reduces risk of brain
trauma and side effects
• Endoscopic brain surgery— Allows for faster recovery and
reduced hospital stay

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