Programs and services
Treating children with brain tumours is among the most difficult of tasks. Our Tumour Program is the largest in Canada and has provided patients with some of the best survival and cure rates in the world. We accomplish this with a team of highly experienced and dedicated surgeons, oncologists, and pathologists, unmatched by any program in the country.
There are very few places in the world that can provide such high-level care. We have available for our patients the very latest technology, including Gamma Knife radiosurgery and intra-operative evoked potential monitoring, with plans to initiate minimally-invasive laser ablation therapy and intra-operative MRI.
In an effort to continuously improve outcomes for the children we treat, our Tumour Program has made some of the most important new research discoveries in paediatric brain tumours of the last 15 years. We are able to take these latest discoveries and rapidly develop new treatment protocols for our patients. In addition to medical treatment, we also recognize the importance of family and offer a full range of support services to help families help their children.
Our highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team includes plastic craniofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, neuro-ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, and neuroradiologists. We treat simple single-suture craniosynostosis as well as very complex, syndromic multi-suture synostoses. We also offer minimally-invasive endoscopic synostosis surgery.
Our team consists of dedicated neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neurophysiologists. Our patients are assessed using the newest and most advanced modalities. We are one of the few pediatric programs in the world to offer magneto-encephalography, a state-of-the-art technology that helps define in detail the seizure focus. We perform more childhood epilepsy surgery than any other program in Canada, including resective surgeries and vagal nerve stimulation.
In conjunction with orthopaedic surgeons and rehabilitation staff associated with the Bloorview Kids Rehab, the division has a continuing involvement in children with gait spasticity. The patient's status is assessed by the multi-disciplinary team at the Bloorview as well as in their gait analysis laboratory.
Our renowned Hydrocephalus Program offers the full-range of treatment options to patients, including the most experienced neuro-endoscopic surgeons in Canada. We are one of the founding institutions in the North American Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, providing our patients access to the latest advances in hydrocephalus care. We are also the only centre in Ontario to have a surgeon fully-trained in choroid plexus cauterization, a novel new treatment for paediatric hydrocephalus.
Children and adolescents with spinal column/cord injuries or complex congenital anomalies are treated jointly by experienced orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Our team also includes highly experienced neurophysiologists, who perform advanced intra-operative neuromonitoring to ensure the safest surgery possible.
SickKids is a Level I Trauma Centre, receiving critically injured children from all over Ontario. Children are treated in our intensive care unit by dedicated and experienced neuro-intensivists who have special expertise in head injury management and conduct cutting edge research.
SickKids offers a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neurointerventional radiologists. We have the largest experience in Canada in dealing with complex paediatric vascular disease, including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernomas, moya moya, and vein of Galen malformations.
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