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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Trust the experts at University Children’s Health when your child needs neurosurgery. You’ll get compassionate, specialized care for your child's developing brain and spine.

Our Team

When you come to University Children's Health, you’ll find a neurosurgery team with the most extensive training and expertise in treating children's brain and spine conditions. 

Our pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz, is American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery certified and fellowship trained. 

Conditions We Treat

Find treatments for common, complex and rare brain and spine conditions, including but not limited to: 

  • Craniosynostosis
  • Tethered spinal cord
  • Tumors
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus 
  • Traumatic brain injury

What to Expect

Your child’s care team will make every effort to ease your concerns and make you and your child feel comfortable. 

Depending on the referral information and previous tests, you may see a pediatric nurse practitioner or physician assistant (advanced practice provider) at your first appointment. He or she will gather more medical information about your child’s problem and schedule specific imaging tests. 

Imaging Tests

Imaging tests help diagnose or confirm a condition. You’ll get a thorough explanation of your child’s condition from your doctor and talk about the best treatment options. Testing may include:

  • Brain and spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Head computed tomography (CT)
  • Head ultrasound – Uses sound waves to take pictures of the brain and the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord

Take advantage of the long-term care and unique relationship you build with your child’s pediatric neurosurgeon. We’ll provide care as long as your child needs it.

Neurosurgical Treatments

At University Children’s Hospital, we make every effort to ensure your child’s comfort. If your child needs brain surgery, our team will walk you through every step of the process and answer all of your questions. 

Depending on the type of surgery your child has, he or she may need to stay in the hospital for a few days and start rehabilitation after surgery. Our team will guide you through this process.

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