Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit treats children with diseases or injuries of the central nervous system. Over the past three decades, the unit has treated head injuries in children, mainly due to falls and car accidents. Today, the Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit at Rambam Health Care Campus treats the largest number of head injuries in children in the country, and the Middle East.

Children are initially admitted to the intensive care unit, where they are treated and monitored using the most advanced techniques. In recent years, the surgical indications for reducing the presence of post traumatic increased intracranial pressure in children have been expanded. A new surgical technique, developed by the unit head, Dr. Joseph Guilburd, is now in use in medical centers around the world.

The unit’s spectrum of activities includes surgical treatments for congenital deformities and tumors of the brain and spinal cord. The operating rooms are equipped with the most advanced technologies available, including the latest technologies in surgical microscopy, the Cavitron Ultrasonic Aspirator for tumor excision, special surgical tools for treatment of congenital deformities of the cranial vault, neuroendoscopic surgery for treatment of hydrocephalus and lesions within the ventricular system, real-time neurophysiologic monitoring of brain and spinal cord tumor excision and complicated congenital anomalies of the spinal cord, and a neuro-navigation system with ultrasound monitoring during surgery.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Unit performs about 250 surgical operations per year, with approximately 1,000 visits annually to the outpatient clinic at the children's hospital.

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