Pediatric neurosurgeons at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital deliver advanced surgical care for conditions that affect the brain, spine and nervous system.

Pediatric patient at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis before neurosurgery.

Neurosurgery at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis delivers some of the most advanced pediatric care — and that includes surgical care for your child’s brain and spine. Our neurosurgery team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital ranks #1 in Indiana for treating pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. Our pediatric neurosurgeons have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage even the most complex conditions.

Whether it’s your child’s first appointment or you’re looking for a second opinion, your child’s neurosurgeon starts by listening to understand your concerns. Then, your child’s care team may recommend advanced tests and imaging to help diagnose your child’s condition or to help develop the detailed care plan. We take the time to fully explain your child’s diagnosis. And we work with you and other specialists, when needed, to create a surgical plan that’s personalized for your child.

Conditions we diagnose and treat

Neurosurgeons at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital diagnose and treat:

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Chiari malformation
  • Congenital malformations of the brain, skull and spine
  • Epilepsy and seizure
  • Hydrocephalus (swelling on the brain)
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Neurenteric cyst
  • Scoliosis (abnormal curve of the spine)
  • Spastic nerve and muscle conditions
  • Spina bifida
  • Tethered cord

Advanced surgical care with a multispecialty approach

When you choose Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for your child’s care, your child will have a dedicated team of pediatric specialists. Our neurosurgeons work closely with pediatric neurologists, neuro-oncologists, plastic surgeons and other pediatric specialists. Your child’s surgeon is trained in some of the latest technology and techniques, including image-guided technology, endoscopic procedures and minimally invasive surgery. Whenever possible, our pediatric neurosurgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques. This type of surgery uses small incisions and typically leads to less pain and a shorter recovery.

  • Brain and spine cancer

    At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, we take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. Pediatric neurosurgeons work with pediatric oncologists to create a surgical care plan for cancers and tumors in the brain and spine. Working together, we deliver comprehensive cancer care.

  • Craniofacial surgery

    Your child’s neurosurgeon works alongside pediatric plastic surgeons at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital to deliver the collaborative and multispecialty surgical approach that newborns and children with craniofacial conditions need.

  • Fetal and newborn surgery

    If your baby is diagnosed with a brain or spine condition during your pregnancy, pediatric neurosurgeons at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital work with OB-GYNs and MFM specialists at Ascension St. Vincent Women’s Hospital. If your baby needs surgery during your pregnancy or once they are born, pediatric neurosurgeons have the expertise to deliver surgical care for even the smallest patients. And, have confidence knowing you are connected to the highest level of newborn care in our Level IV NICU at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Supportive care for your child and family

We understand surgery can feel overwhelming for your child and your family. Your child’s care team includes certified child life specialists. Child life specialists can explain the procedure to you and your child in a way they understand. We also explain what to expect before surgery and after surgery. Knowing what to expect can help reduce your child’s feelings of stress and worry.

After surgery, we take the time to explain how to care for your child at home. We answer all your questions – big and small. If needed, we connect you with the right specialists after surgery, including pediatric rehabilitation.

Connected to pediatric specialty care

If your child’s condition is related to another health concern, your family is connected to pediatric specialists at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Your doctor can connect you with specialists in pediatric neurology, oncology and hematology, craniofacial care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, child life specialists, imaging, pharmacy, and more. Your child’s care team works together to deliver the care your child needs. And your care team will stay connected throughout their ongoing care.