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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose the neurosurgery program at Brenner Children’s Hospital? 

The pediatric neurosurgeons at Brenner are the region’s leading experts in neurosurgical care for children; we perform the most advanced techniques in the area. Our pediatric neurosurgeons have trained for many years in both pediatrics and neurosurgery to provide the best possible care for your child. We work with a team of more than 120 multidisciplinary pediatric specialists across Brenner, including pediatric oncologists, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric anesthesiologists and physical therapists, to create individualized treatment plans for each child we treat. 

We specialize in surgical operations for all types of neurological conditions, including arteriovenous malformation, brain tumor, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral palsy, dystonia, epilepsy and stroke. We also offer specialized surgical treatments for spasticity and spinal deformities, such as spina bifida and all types of scoliosis. 

Where is the department of pediatric neurosurgery program located? 

We are located in Wake Forest Baptist’s Janeway Clinical Sciences Tower on the 4th floor. 

What is the pediatric neurosurgery office phone number? 

Our phone number is 336-716-4060

When are you available? 

A pediatric neurosurgeon is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergencies. Our office hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. New patients should call 888-716-WAKE (9253) to schedule an appointment. Returning patients, please call 336-716-4060

What do you treat? 

The pediatric neurosurgeons at Brenner are highly trained surgeons with access to the latest in state-of-the-art technology. We work with specialists throughout Brenner Children’s Hospital to provide surgical care for a wide range of pediatric health problems. Learn more about the types of surgical procedures we perform. 

What is spasticity? 

Spasticity is a condition in which muscles involuntarily contract. A rhizotomy may be performed to assist in treatment of spasticity. 

What is the spasticity clinic? 

Brenner’s Spasticity Clinic is a unique treatment center dedicated to treating spasticity. We use the latest in cutting-edge treatments to care for our pediatric patients with spasticity, including rhizotomy. 

What is a rhizotomy? 

A rhizotomy is a surgical treatment for spasticity. During this procedure, our specialists carefully select individual nerves to cut using electrical stimulation; this lets us know which nerves affect certain areas of the patient’s muscle. Once a nerve is cut, the related muscle becomes more relaxed and the patient’s range of motion increases. 

What is the spinal deformity clinic? 

Brenner’s Spinal Deformity Clinic is made up of a multidisciplinary team of experts, including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists, who work together to create a seamless and successful treatment and follow-up plan for patients with spinal deformities. We treat a range of spinal deformity conditions, including all types of scoliosis and traumatic injury. In addition, our neurosurgeons and other health care professionals regularly perform spinal fusion, the connecting of two or more vertebrae to increase a patient’s stability, in our spinal deformity clinic. 

What should I bring with me to an office appointment? 

When you come for your appointment, please bring your child’s medical records and any imaging studies, which should be placed on a CD or other electronic storage device. Please bring your original studies with you, if possible. During your office visit, our doctors will examine your child. If surgery is required, it will be scheduled at a later date. 

What are the steps I need to take to prepare my child for surgery? 

Being there for your child before, during and after surgery is the most important thing you can do to help him or her. Surgery can be a very stressful time; your support helps your child maintain the highest level of emotional health. You may also want to do the following to prepare your child for surgery: 

  • Make a list of questions about your child’s diagnosis and treatment and bring that list to your appointments with your doctor. 
  • Bring some of your child’s favorite things with you for his or her stay at Brenner. Those comfort items might include family photos, books, favorite toys or stuffed animals, music and a portable music player or a laptop computer.
  • You should also bring things to help you during your child’s period of stay at Brenner. It’s important that you also maintain optimal physical and emotional health during your child’s surgery and post-operative treatment. 

We offer a range of support services for patients and their families. Please ask your health care team for more information about Brenner’s support services and a checklist of things to do right before surgery, including any restrictions on food and water intake. 

What should I do to care for my child after surgery? 

Your health care team will review with you the instructions you should follow after your child’s surgery. These instructions will be specific to your child’s type of surgery and his or her individualized care plan. We will arrange a follow-up appointment with you in advance, if needed. If your child is running a fever after you return home, please call us right away at 336-716-4060

Is my child going to be okay? 

Our pediatric neurosurgeons are experts in their field and have been performing surgeries on babies, children, teens and young adults for many years. We use the latest in clinical and technological advancements in the care of our patients and will do all that is medically possible to ensure your child has the best possible outcome during his or her period of care at Brenner Children’s Hospital. In addition, we manage a thorough follow-up care program and work closely with your pediatrician and other pediatric specialists to ensure continued optimal care and treatment for your child. 

How often do we need to see you? 

Your treatment schedule will depend upon your child’s surgery and condition. Your pediatric neurosurgeon will work with you to set up a schedule that fits your schedule and your child’s specific health care needs. 

Can my child play sports and participate in the things they love to do? 

Our goal is to see your child enjoy life. We will do everything possible to get your child back to doing his or her favorite things. Certain conditions and treatments may, however, limit your child’s ability to participate in some sports and other physical activities. Your doctor will provide you with guidance in detail during your child’s period of care.