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Neurosurgery

We use high-precision surgical techniques to treat disorders affecting the nervous system.

At the Neurosurgery department of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital we operate on patients suffering from disorders affecting the nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

We perform care work both in general areas, such as head trauma, hydrocephalus, craniofacial malformations, pathology of the spine and spinal cord (spina bifida) and vascular pathology, as well as in specific areas, the latter in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams: epilepsy and movement disorders, neuro-oncology and foetal pathology, among others.

The Neurosurgery department has specialised programmes, such as: epilepsy surgery, movement disorder surgery, minimally invasive craniofacial surgery, neuroendoscopy, complex neuro-oncological surgery (with the help of systems such as neuronavigation, the use of robots or state-of-the-art microscopes), surgical treatment of spasticity, orthotic treatment of plagiocephaly, surgical treatment of cranio-cervical disorders, etc.

We perform these surgeries within a comprehensive management programme, in collaboration with Primary Care centres and with the rest of the related hospitals (European and national), thus achieving a continuous and close follow-up of our patients, during childhood. and their subsequent follow-up as adults.

Specialities

Neuro-oncology

We give comprehensive care for cancer patients with tumours of the nervous system (the second most frequent type during childhood) using safe and effective surgical techniques.

It is not covered by public health

Epilepsy

The only centre in Spain accredited by the Ministry of Health as a reference centre for infant epilepsy surgery. We work with the Hospital Clínic [Clinical Hospital] to provide follow-up for adult patients.

Movement disorders

We are a reference centre for surgery for movement disorders (dystonia, spasticity, etc.) using a robotic platform and modern planning stations.

It is not covered by public health

Craniofacial malformations

We have extensive experience in craniosynostosis (premature closure of the skull) and in rare malformation syndromes. We assist in the placement of cranial orthoses in patients with plagiocephaly.

It is not covered by public health

Hydrocephalus

We have extensive experience in the management of patients with hydrocephalus of different causes. In addition, we have a wide range of shunt systems (valves) to be able to personalise the treatment of these patients.

It is not covered by public health

Spine and spinal cord pathology

We are part of a multidisciplinary team for the treatment of diseases such as spina bifida, scoliosis or Arnold Chiari malformation. We have an internationally recognised intraoperative neuromonitoring team.

It is not covered by public health

Vascular pathology

Professionals from various disciplines intervene in the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms, fistulas, sinus pericranii, etc. We have experts in both surgical and endovascular treatment.

It is not covered by public health

Neonatal neurosurgery

Surgery of new-borns and premature infants with techniques adapted to their physiology, such as neuroendoscopy, and in collaboration with experienced anaesthesiologists, specialists in neurosurgery, and neonatologists.

It is not covered by public health

Head trauma

We have action protocols that follow international standards for neurosurgical emergencies and subsequent management of critically ill patients.

It is not covered by public health

  • We are pioneers in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS): implanting a device that sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain in order to treat dystonia or movement disorders.
  • Specialists in the use of neuroendoscopy as a fundamental tool in many of our interventions: Cranial malformations, hydrocephalus, brain tumours, etc. Thus ensuring minimal invasiveness.
  • Application of intraoperative MRI, CT and ECO imaging: We obtain information in real time on the status of the surgery and the patient's anatomy, thus completing a greater number of surgeries with the minimum risk of sequelae.
  • Pioneers in Europe in the use of laser ablation for tumour removal and treatment of epilepsy.
We asked for a second opinion from pediatric neurosurgeons, and we are delighted that our son has had his surgery here
Patricia, mother of little Luis Carlos, who had a craniosynostosis that has been operated on by the Neurosurgery Service

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