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Multidisciplinary Care for Children with Spina Bifida
Your child deserves a chance to take on the world. You don’t have to let anything hold him or her back, even a condition like spina bifida. Our team of healthcare professionals is here to help your child progress to their fullest potential.
Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that’s often diagnosed while in utero. As the fetus was developing, the spinal cord wasn’t able to fully form, causing a sac of spinal fluid, tissue and spinal cord to form outside of the body. After birth, doctors perform surgery to place the sac back inside the body. However, long-term care is needed due to the exposure of such important body parts.
Sometimes, more surgery is needed for patients with spina bifida to drain fluid from the brain. Our team of neurosurgeons may suggest placing a tube, called a shunt, in your child’s head to help drain the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain to another place in the body where it can easily be removed.
Keep Up with Ongoing Care
Lifelong care is especially important for a child with spina bifida. At the Spina Bifida Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital, we have developed a multidisciplinary team to ensure optimal quality of health and well-being for your child. Every Friday, our team of experts meets with spina bifida patients to provide independent evaluations and recommendations for care. These professionals include specialists from:
- Digestive Health and Nutrition
- The Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center
- Neurosurgery Department
- Pediatric Orthopedic Department
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Program
- Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Department
If your child has been recently diagnosed with spina bifida or you’re searching for a new care team, make an appointment with us today.