Expert Surgical Care for Neurological Conditions in Children
If something is wrong with your child's brain, skull, facial bones, spinal cord or nerves, you want the best treatment possible. The pediatric neurosurgeons at Hackensack Meridian Children's Health have the training, experience, leading-edge techniques, and innovative technology your child deserves, all close to home. The end goal: Get the best outcome for your child.
Our experts specialize in treating conditions that affect babies through young adults, from epilepsy and hydrocephalus to craniofacial conditions and brain trauma — and everything in between. Our board-certified pediatric neurosurgeons partner with plastic surgeons and craniofacial surgeons to perform intricate procedures that rival any hospital in the region.
Neurosurgery Specialty Areas
Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
Led by pediatric physicians with extensive training at prestigious health care organizations, our children’s hospitals have state-of-the-art technology and capabilities to treat pediatric epilepsy. Surgery is used to remove or disconnect parts of the brain responsible for seizures. Our epilepsy surgeons have decades of experience performing these delicate operations.
Our Craniofacial and Cleft Center team corrects congenital or developed malformations of the face, head, neck, jaw or skull. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital are two of only six hospitals in the state nationally recognized as an American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Approved Team.
When there’s a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, our pediatric neurosurgeons perform surgery to place shunts and drain the fluid using the most innovative surgical techniques to minimize risks, recovery time and pain.
Pediatric neurologists work closely with pediatric hematology and oncology physicians, neurosurgeons, radiologists and other specialists to diagnose, evaluate and treat brain and spine tumors.
Child-Focused Neurosurgery for Growing Bodies
A child's brain and body aren't fully developed and need to continue growing. That's one of the reasons our pediatric neurosurgeons use child-friendly tools and techniques, like absorbable plates instead of traditional titanium plates. Our surgeons adapt their strategies to ensure your child can grow and develop in a healthy, pain-free way.
We also know the best surgical outcome involves as little pain as possible and a short recovery time. If the treatment allows, our pediatric neurosurgeons in New Jersey use minimally invasive techniques and tools, like endoscopes (or tubes) specifically designed for children. With these tools, the surgeon can view areas of the brain, skull or spinal cord through small openings instead of removing parts of the scalp and skull. This means:
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced risk of injury
- Shortened hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753
Why Choose Us for Pediatric Neurosurgery?
We want you to be as involved in your child's health care as possible. Every member of our pediatric neurosurgery team encourages family participation — from diagnosis through treatment recovery.
You have many choices for advanced surgical care for your child. Know that when you choose Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health for pediatric neurosurgery, you get:
Access to a Level IV Epilepsy Center
As the highest ranking possible by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital provides complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.
One Surgery with Multiple Surgeons
Our pediatric neurosurgeons operate alongside other specialists, like plastic and craniofacial surgeons, reducing the number of surgeries a child needs for craniofacial conditions.
Seamless Access to Critical Care
We're affiliated with the only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, and one of only three in the state, where patients can access 200+ pediatric subspecialists.
Pediatric Neurosurgery Success StoriesWhat’s it like to have surgery on the brain or spine at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health? Learn the answer from some of our brave patients:
12-year-old Receives Lifesaving Care for Serious Head Injury
Twelve-year-old Noah Rybak, of Oradell, New Jersey, was sledding with friends one February 2021 day when his sled suddenly ran headfirst into a tree at the bottom of a hill.
Our Pediatric Neurosurgeons
With decades of experience in their field, our pediatric neurosurgeons have trained at some of the world’s most renowned health care organizations. They join forces with other pediatric specialists in New Jersey to provide a unified plan for every patient.