Spina Bifida Clinic
The Spina Bifida Clinic was created to care for patients with all types of spinal dysraphism and related conditions. The goal is to help children with spina bifida stay healthy, gain independence and become confident in their abilities. The team includes experienced, dedicated professionals who work together to provide and recommend care to benefit each child. The staff is committed to providing quality care and education to maximize each child's quality of life.
Specialized treatments include intermittent catheterization, bowel programs, therapeutic electrical stimulation and biofeedback.
Members of the Spina Bifida Clinic team play an important role in educating the community about the condition and providing outreach through schools and community agencies. Prenatal counseling for families who know their baby will be born with spinal dysraphism is provided by physicians and clinical nurse specialists.
To help families feel connected and up to date, a large communication board is displayed in the clinic, featuring recent articles, activities and announcements about spina bifida. A spina bifida resource room is available on clinic days. Spina bifida family forums are offered periodically on a variety of topics including parent panels.
Pediatric spine care: A collaboration of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic expertise
Through the combined expertise of pediatric neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has become a leader in treating children with scoliosis, complex congenital anomalies and severe spinal trauma. The collaborative approach allows us to provide the best care possible for children from infancy to adolescence.
- Children's Hospital treats a large volume of spinal fusion patients compared to the national average of peer pediatric hospitals.
- Children's Hospital charges significantly less for spinal fusions than the national average of peer pediatric hospitals.