Neurosurgery

Surgeons specialising in neurosciences are attracted to the Children’s Hospital from leading London hospitals including Kings College Hospital. Our aim is to create an environment where children and their families feel happy and relaxed, and where parents can be confident that their child is receiving the very best medical care and attention.

We have 15 individual patient rooms, with accommodation for you to stay with your child overnight.

After surgery, and initial transfer to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), your child will be moved to the paediatric ward, where they are cared for by paediatric nurses, supported by a team of physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, psychologists, play specialists and if needed, interpreters.


What is paediatric neurosurgery?
Paediatric neurosurgery treats disorders of the nervous system in children. Many conditions can be treated with minimally invasive surgery and we specialise in the treatment of a wide range of problems including:

  • Brain tumours: growths in the brain which can be benign (where they do not spread to other parts of the brain or body) or malignant (where a tumour can spread into normal brain tissue causing pressure and damage to other areas of the brain)
  • Hydrocephalus: sometimes known as ‘water on the brain’ this condition is when there is more cerebrospinal fluid than normal around the brain. This can cause increased pressure inside the skull, making the head appear larger than usual, and causing convulsions (fits), tunnel vision and mental disabilities
  • Craniosynostosis: an abnormal head shape that may also put pressure on the brain causing headaches, learning difficulties, and eye problems
  • Spina bifida: a birth defect when there is a gap or split in the spine
  • Tethered spinal cord syndrome: a condition that begins before the baby is born where the spinal column doesn’t form fully and the spinal cord can become trapped, abnormally attached, and limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column
  • Spasticity (or hyperreflexia): a condition where muscles become stiff/tight, contract and spasm involuntarily
  • Cerebal palsy: movement disorders that cause physical disability