Treatment for Spine Disorders in Children

Treatment of children with spine disorders depends on the abnormality. Children with myelomeningocele are generally taken to the operating room within one to two days to move their spinal cord back into its normal position. Those who develop hydrocephalus usually undergo a procedure to drain excess fluid from their brain.

Children who develop symptoms of pain, deformity, or weakness as they grow may require procedures to relieve pressure on their spinal cord and nerve roots or surgery to release a "tethered" spinal cord. The departments of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, urology, pediatrics, and genetics will all be involved in evaluating your child and developing a comprehensive treatment plan.

Treatments for children with spine disorders include:

  • Detethering. Releasing the stretch, or tension, on the spinal cord, which may be caused by a scar, myelomeningocele, lipomyelomeningocele, or other causes.
  • Myelomeningocele "repair." Unfortunately, neurosurgeons are unable to truly "repair" an abnormally developed spinal cord. However, they can internalize the exposed spinal cord and protect it from future infection and injury.
  • Decompression. The removal of bone, disc, or blood clot that is pushing on a nerve or spinal cord. This can be done through traditional "open" surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Fusion. Stabilizing bones of the spine (vertebrae) that are structurally weak (unstable) or have too much abnormal motion. Fusion is typically performed by implanting titanium rods and screws, and can be performed through traditional "open" surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Bracing. Supporting the spine with externally placed collars, braces, or traction. Bracing may be a permanent solution or it may be used temporarily until it is safe to perform surgery.

We can help

At The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, our neurosurgery spine team is dedicated to providing the highest level of excellence in clinical care. From the newest diagnostic studies to the least invasive interventions, we tailor our treatments to suit each patient's needs.

Because we emphasize comprehensive care, we work with the departments of pediatrics, urology, general surgery, rehabilitation, neurology, neonatology, genetics, and plastic surgery to provide the optimal solution for your child's specific spine disorder.

To schedule an appointment, please call The Mount Sinai Health System at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624). We are conveniently located in the Upper East Side of New York City. 


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