About pediatric brain and spinal tumor surgery
Pediatric neurosurgeons perform highly technical procedures to treat conditions that involve a child’s brain, nerves and spine. At Mays Cancer Center, our pediatric neurosurgeon is a key member of children’s cancer care team.
Our specialists may recommend surgery to treat a wide range of pediatric brain and spinal tumors, including medulloblastoma and glioma brain tumors. We treat a high volume of these rare conditions compared to many centers in the area, which helps us deliver precise care.
Why choose us for pediatric brain and spinal tumor surgery?
Highlights of our program include:
- Expertise: Our academic focus has enabled our specialists to advance the field of pediatric neurosurgery in diverse ways. Fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery enables us to skillfully treat rare conditions, such as spinal tumors.
- Sophisticated capabilities: Children who need brain tumor surgery receive treatment at University Hospital. Our pediatric surgery specialists work in high-tech operating rooms designed for children’s safety and comfort.
- Advanced techniques: We use leading surgical techniques and offer a personalized approach to your child’s care. We use minimally invasive methods whenever possible. This approach may offer children a more comfortable experience and faster recovery.
- Coordinated cancer services: We provide easy access to additional treatments, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, your child may need. Here, cancer doctors are in close contact, working together to personalize every child’s care.
Pediatric brain and spinal tumor surgery: What to expect
If your child needs brain or spine surgery, we spend extensive time with you and your child to help you understand what to expect.
You will likely meet with several members of our care team in the weeks before surgery. You will speak with the surgeon, a psychologist and members of the hospital team who will interact with your child during their recovery.
We set goals and talk about expectations, so you and your child know what's going to happen before, during and after your child’s surgery. This involvement helps children feel comfortable and enables a positive care experience for families.
A member of our team updates families at multiple points during and immediately after your child’s surgery. Children recover in a pediatric ICU, where we monitor your child constantly right after surgery.
Our pediatric-trained nurses and doctors keep a watchful eye on children, prioritizing their health and comfort, until they are cleared to go home.
In the days and weeks that follow, our care team is in close contact with families to monitor your child’s recovery and provide support as needed.
Some children may need additional treatments after surgery. If your child needs chemotherapy or radiation therapy, we usually wait until they are fully healed from surgery. Our specialists work closely on your child’s care and will coordinate treatment with a focus on their whole health.