When a cancerous tumor grows in the brain, it can occur in all sorts of odd shapes and sizes. The goal of removing a tumor during surgery is to remove as many known cancerous cells as possible. In other parts of the body where tumors grow, surgeons often remove tissue around a tumor as well as the tumor itself to increase the chances that all known cancerous tissue is removed. In the brain, doing so can affect brain function.
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No matter how much you trust your care team, bringing your child in for brain or spinal cord surgery is likely to be scary. Our pediatric neurosurgery team wants to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you and your family, so please reach out when you have questions or concerns. In the Karen and George Benz Family Pediatric Neuroscience Center, we encourage kids to play the Xbox video game system or spend time in private play areas. We’ve built in plenty of amenities to help parents stay by their children’s side, too.
The pediatric neurosurgery team at Children’s Minnesota is on a mission to improve the quality of life for children with brain tumors, epilepsy and related conditions. Our team includes:
Choosing where to bring your child for neurosurgery is a major decision. You need all the information you can get, in a way you can understand.
Advances in neurosurgery are changing lives every day. Children’s Minnesota is proud to lead the way, championing new approaches that make surgery safer and more effective.
Backed by the largest team of pediatric neurosurgeons and the most sophisticated technology, Children’s cares for far more kids than any other program in the region.
Young Sam has been through a multitude of challenges and undergone more surgeries and procedures than most people do in their entire life.
Erin Curtis, RN, BSN, is the patient care manager for the surgery center in Minnetonka, where teams perform more than 3,200 outpatient surgeries each year.