Specialized Programs


Endoscopic Pediatric Neurosurgery

A variety of brain conditions can now be safely treated using small, minimally invasive endoscopes. These endoscopes allow for the safe and effective treatment of hydrocephalus and other disorders. Children with multi-compartmentalized hydrocephalus requiring multiple shunts can now undergo endoscopic fenestration, reducing the number of shunts, or even eliminating the need for shunts. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) can be performed on children with obstructive hydrocephalus from a variety of causes, and may also eliminate the need for a shunt. Small ventricular tumors may be safely removed with minimal exposure, fewer postoperative complications, and shorter hospital stays. To learn more about endoscopic procedures in both children and adults, please visit our endoscopic surgery page.

Center for Developmental Spinal Disorders

UBNS has a strong interest in children with developmental spinal conditions such as spina bifida and related disorders. The Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has a coordinated Center for Developmental Spinal Disorders that provides comprehensive neurosurgical, orthopedic, urological, and rehabilitative care for children with these disorders.

Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

As a participant in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, UBNS provides the surgical management of children and adults with intractable epilepsy. Surgical techniques include: resection of epileptiform foci/lesion, implantation of devices for invasive monitoring, use of intraoperative functional mapping and monitoring, and implantation of vagal nerve stimulators.

Comprehensive Craniofacial Program

In association with the craniofacial clinic, our pediatric neurosurgery program offers coordinated and comprehensive care for patients with craniosynostosis and related craniofacial abnormalities. Both surgical and non-surgical options (such as molding helmets) are available for these disorders.

Brain Tumor Program

Using state-of-the-art operating microscopes, micro instruments, computer-aided stereotaxis, and endoscopy, UBNS is ideally suited to provide comprehensive care for children with brain tumors. Dr. Veetai Li, is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and actively participates in clinical protocols for a variety of brain tumors. The department also works closely with internationally recognized leaders in pediatric brain tumor research and treatment, and with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Treatments for Spasticity: Rhizotomy and Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

Many children with cerebral palsy and lower limb spasticity benefit from selective sensory rhizotomy, which reduces spasticity and improves functional outcome. Others, who are not candidates for rhizotomy, may reduce their spasticity through the insertion of a pump which delivers intrathecal baclofen. The UBNS pediatric neurosurgery team offers the only program in upstate New York for the comprehensive neurosurgical treatment of spasticity.

Tertiary Neurosurgical Trauma Management

In collaboration with the Kiwanis Trauma center, the UBNS pediatric neurosurgery team and the Division of Critical Care Management, provide comprehensive medical and surgical management of children with head and spinal cord injuries.