Pediatric Neurosurgery

  • Children's Specialty Center
  • Medical Center Campus
  • East Pavilion, Level 4
  • 111 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT, 05401
  • Phone: 802-847-4590
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Directions

Pediatric Neurosurgery in Burlington, VT

If your child has a condition that requires neurosurgery, you want them to receive the highest quality of care from a team of dedicated, experienced clinicians.

You’ll find this at the Vermont Children’s Hospital, where our highly trained and knowledgeable University of Vermont Medical Group surgeons provide specialized care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with neurological issues.

Given the complex nature of many pediatric neurosurgical conditions, your child's evaluation and treatment will involve a team of specialists.
Our pediatric neurosurgeon works closely with pediatric neurologists and neuroradiologists in order to provide the most comprehensive care.

We are committed to a personalized, family-centered approach that puts your family at the center of everything we do.

As a university hospital, your child and family will benefit from our research-based expertise, and access to the latest treatments and therapies provided in a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

Receiving care at a university hospital also means you have immediate access to other pediatric subspecialists when necessary, such as oncologists, endocrinologists and orthopedists.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Services at Fletcher Allen

At the Vermont Children’s Hospital, our highly trained and knowledgeable University of Vermont Medical Group surgeons provide specialized care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with neurological issues. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Hydrocephalus - Hydrocephalus is a condition that occurs when excess fluid builds up in the brain. Causes of hydrocephalus are often related to an obstruction that prevents cerebral spinal fluid from draining properly. It can also result from lack of absorption or overproduction of fluid. This excess fluid can put pressure on the surrounding brain tissue, causing brain damage. Hydrocephalus may be present at birth (congenital hydrocephalus), or acquired later in life. If not treated, the condition can be fatal.
  • Brain Tumors - Brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells in the brain. They are the most common solid tumors in children. There are many different types of brain tumors. They can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Brain tumors can start in the brain or may be formed when cancer begins in other parts of the body and spreads to the brain. The prognosis for childhood brain tumors varies from person to person, depending on the type, location and size of tumor, the health of the child and many other factors.
  • Tethered Spinal Cord - This condition, also known as tethered spinal cord syndrome (TSCS), occurs when the spinal cord is attached or fixed to the tissues inside the spinal column. The cord usually floats freely inside the spinal column. As the child grows, this pulls on the spinal cord, causing symptoms and preventing normal growth and movement. Tethered cord syndrome in children may result from improper growth of the embryo in the uterus. Early treatment with surgery may be recommended to prevent the disease from progressing.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury - Traumatic brain injury (TBA) is an injury that occurs due to a sudden, violent blow to the head. This causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. The severity of traumatic brain injury varies greatly, depending on the extent and location of the damage. There are many causes of brain and head injury in children and adolescents, including falls, car accidents, or as a result of child abuse. Mild head injuries may only require rest and pain relievers. More severe injuries may require hospitalization, surgery and intensive care.

Other neurosurgery conditions we treat include:

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida
  • Surgery for epilepsy
  • Chiari malformation
  • Congenital anomalies of the brain and spinal cord
  • Cerebral vascular disorders: AVMs, aneurysms, cavernous malformations, Moya-Moya disease
  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Tethered cord
  • Syringomyelia
  • Trauma to the brain and spinal cord (brain and spinal cord injuries)
  • Craniofacial disorders (simple and complex craniosynostosis, Apert’s syndrome, Crouzon’s)
  • Scoliosis