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Pediatric Neurosurgery

The UNM Department of Neurosurgery has the only focused program for the neurosurgical care of pediatric patients. UNM surgeons provide the major support for the state for patients with hydrocephalus, as well as the care of the full spectrum of myelodysplasia disorders, including myelomeningocele and Arnold Chiari Malformation. 

UNM’s neurosurgeons have experience of practice focused on the care of pediatric neurosurgical disorders, including hydrocephalus and intra-ventricular hemorrhage. All members of the UNM Hospital neurosurgical team have expertise in treating pediatric disorders, including tumors and traumatic brain and spine injury. 

UNM’s neurosurgical service treats a both congenital and traumatic brain and spine disorders in children. The team’s expertise includes:

  • Congenital Malformations – Brain and spine, hydrocephalus (ventriculoperitoneal shunt and endoscopic third ventriculostomy) and epilepsy (EEG grid placement, surgery). Primary malignancy (stereotactic biopsy and primary resection). Cavernous malformation (surgical resection). Skull (cranial dysplasia). Spine (surgical decompression for Arnold Chiari malformation). Myelodysplasia. Spasisticy (intracathecal pump for baclofen infusion)
  • Hydrocephalus - Treating a spectrum of this disorder with shunt technologies. Third ventriculostomy when possible.