The Division of Neurosurgery of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego provides pre-operative evaluation, surgical intervention, and pre-operative and post-operative care for disorders of the brain, spine, calvarial vault and peripheral nerves. Areas of expertise include the treatment of epilespy, hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebrovascular malformations, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries, craniofacial disorders and traumatic injuries.
The Division performs more than 600 surgeries a year, including pediatric brain tumor surgery, spinal cord tumor surgery, cerebrovascular spinal fluid diversion or shunting procedures, craniofacial procedures, epilepsy surgery and surgery for congenital abnormalities. We also offer a safe and highly successful surgery for hyperhidrosis, a condition marked by excessive sweating,
Whenever possible, minimally invasive procedures are used, with the assistance of highly advanced technology. We are among a select group of pediatric programs using Visualase laser ablation technology and the ROSA surgical robot to perform minimally invasive epilepsy surgery.
We are also the only children’s hospital using three-dimensional endoscopy for complex surgical approaches. Infrared and virtual technologies, along with 3-D endoscopes, are used in performing minimally invasive procedures to remove brain tumors. Three-dimensional applications of magnetic resonance (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) imaging help our surgeons in performing complex craniofacial reconstructions.
The Division continues to offer tertiary-care services for complex cases, including cerebrovascular disease, skull-base surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic approaches.
- Is among a select group of pediatric programs to obtain Visualase laser ablation technology and the ROSA surgical robot assistant, which allow for minimally invasive procedures. Learn more.
- Is first in the country to use the ROSA robot to perform an endoscopic third ventriculostomy procedure for the treatment of hydrocephalus.
- Is internationally known for craniofacial surgery, genetics and dysmorphology, neurological surgery, bone biology and research, and information technology.
- Developed innovative technology to facilitate neurosurgical procedures, including a head-mounted display that provides a high-resolution visual field and an endoscopic stylet to increase the safety of catheter placement in complex hydrocephalus.
- Developed advanced procedures, including 3-D endoscopic-assisted approaches for complex craniofacial, cerebrovascular, and brain tumor surgeries.
- Developed biologic waxes and laser-assisted closure techniques to minimize the post-operative complications of leakage and infection.
- Developed a computerized system for neurosurgical intraoperative visualization that integrates real and virtual image modalities.
- Provides surgical equipment for international outreach program to children in third-world countries
In the News
- Two US Neurosurgeons Perform Brain Surgeries on Children in Peru, ABCNews.go.com, features Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
- This Globe-Trotting Brain Surgeon Says Doctors Are Doing Medical Missions Wrong, Vice, features Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
- Rosa Robot Provides Surgical Assistance at Rady Children’s Hospital, cw6sandiego.com, features David Gonda, M.D.
- Torrey Teen: Rugby Saved My Life, The San Diego Union-Tribune, features Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
- Is My Baby’s Spine OK? Understanding Spina Bifida, wsRadio.Com, features Hal Meltzer, M.D.
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