Stony Brook's Pediatric Neurosurgery team diagnoses and treats a broad range of brain and spine problems. The conditions most often referred to us are hydrocephalus (commonly referred to as water on the brain) and all types of brain and spinal cord tumors.
As part of Suffolk County’s only academic medical center, we have access to the most advanced technology and treatments available. One type of treatment that we frequently use is neuroendoscopy, which allows us to go into the ventricles (interconnected, fluid-filled spaces) of the brain and place catheters (thin tubes), to open cysts using a minimally invasive approach. We also treat craniosynotosis (a birth defect caused when the joints between the bones of a baby’s skull close prematurely), using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. For treatment of tumors, we use a sophisticated three-dimensional, computer-generated stereotaxic technique that enables us to locate and treat hard to reach tumors that would otherwise be untreatable.
In addition, we serve as one of the area's major pediatric neurosurgical centers for trauma.
The scope of diagnoses that we treat includes:
Arnold Chiari Deformity
Craniosynostosis - Learn about the Howard triplets born with craniosynostosis
Pediatric Brain Tumors
Pediatric Spine Surgery
Skull Base Tumors
Tethered Spinal Cord