Advanced Neurological Care for Kids
Children's Neurosciences Specialties
If your child is experiencing symptoms related to the brain, spine or nerves, it’s time to see our children’s neurosciences specialists to help identify what’s happening and create a personalized plan for treatment. From congenital neurological conditions to traumatic injury or illness, taking care of children and families is our top priority.
Our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery experts work with advanced diagnostic technology to meet the unique needs of your child. When needed, we team up with other pediatric specialists, such as experts in behavioral medicine and nutrition. This allows us to offer distinctive services and a variety of multidisciplinary clinics to help children dealing with neurological disorders.
Our pediatric neurosurgery team offers minimally invasive procedures because of their great benefit to patients, including shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, smaller incisions, less trauma and fewer side effects. The team uses intraoperative neuromonitoring for real-time feedback about the function of the nerves, brain and spinal cord. They work with West Michigan’s only intraoperative MRI to confirm progress during brain and spine surgery. We have pioneered two key surgical procedures:
- Minimally invasive surgery for brain tumors, which has dramatically shorter recovery times than the traditional surgery
- Minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomy, which helps children with spasticity to walk with less effort
Our comprehensive epilepsy program is West Michigan’s only epilepsy care program for kids, and includes a pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit and a dietary therapy clinic that supports the ketogenic diet and others. We can help your child, whether he or she deals with occasional seizures or difficult-to-treat epilepsy.
We are also proud to be the first in Michigan to offer pediatric neurocritical care services. These services are provided by a specialized team led by pediatric intensive care and neurology physicians. If your child is in our pediatric intensive care unit, our neurocritical care team works to identify patients early on who are at risk of new or ongoing neurologic injury, then monitors and applies neuroprotective therapies. The goal is to improve outcomes and decrease hospital stay, as neurologic outcomes have the largest impact on quality of life in patients after leaving the pediatric intensive care unit.
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