Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Surgery

(757) 668-9021

CHKD offers comprehensive, long-term spina bifida treatment, from neurosurgery to physical therapy, through our spina bifida clinic.

We provide expert care for spina bifida from the moment your child is born throughout childhood and adolescence. All spina bifida treatment begins with advanced spine surgery performed by experienced neurosurgeons.

At CHKD, our neurosurgeons treat all forms of spina bifida, including spina bifida occulta, meningocele and myelomeningocele. During spina bifida surgery, specially-trained pediatric neurosurgeons move nerves into the correct position inside the spine and secure them into place with muscle tissues. Early surgical treatment, within a few days of your child’s birth, reduces your child’s risk for serious spine infections and further nerve damage. 

During your child's first surgery, surgeons may also place a shunt to relieve pressure on the brain caused by hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Our neurosurgeons can also correct tethered cord syndrome, which happens if your child's spinal cord becomes stuck to other tissues. Treating tethered cord syndrome helps your child maintain control of their bladder, bowel and legs. Our neurosurgeons will care for your child closely as they grow to prevent further complications, perform any other necessary surgeries and help them have a healthy childhood.

Learn more about how CHKD’s spina bifida clinic can help your child online or by calling (757) 668-9021.

You can also learn more about our expert neurosurgeons on our website or by calling (757) 668-7990.

(757) 668-9021