Our Approach To Spina Bifida

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What Sets Us Apart 

Specialists at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone provide expert care for children with spina bifida, a spectrum of disorders caused by abnormal development of the spinal cord and column while a child is in the womb. Some types of spina bifida cause no symptoms and require no treatment. More serious forms of the condition involve significant nerve damage that may lead to permanent physical and cognitive problems.

Our neurosurgeons often diagnose the condition before a baby is born. They provide specialized care during the first days and weeks of life and work closely with experts in neonatology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation medicine, urology, and social work to address each child’s complex and evolving needs.

Our team focuses on helping children reach their maximum potential, both physically and socially. For some children, this may mean learning to walk and perform everyday tasks independently. For others, a custom-fit brace or wheelchair may enhance mobility and independence. Our experts provide personalized care from birth through adulthood.

Treatment at NYU Langone

Children with the most severe form of spina bifida need neurosurgery in the first few days of life to prevent infection or further neurological damage. Other children benefit from therapies designed to maximize their physical potential. As a child grows, our experts collaborate to determine whether he or she needs physical therapy, occupational therapy, devices to assist mobility, or surgery.

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