Pediatric Neurosurgery is basically a specialized sub-specialty of neurosurgery that involves pediatric surgical operations which are concerned with the central nervous system, spinal cord and brain; which sometimes treats very young children with functional neurological disorders. This branch of medical science has gained popularity in recent years with the increase in the number of children suffering from various neurological disorders; as well as the huge success achieved in the treatment of these disorders. Amongst all, cerebral palsy and Parkinsonism are the two most common disorders detected in children. The success of pediatric neurosurgery in dealing with such disorders is an indication of the modern way of treating such disorders in young children. Moreover, pediatric neurosurgery also provides important assistance in the treatment of the pediatric neurosurgeon genetic disorders like Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and Huntington’s disease.
The pediatric neurosurgeon has to deal with several issues related to brain injuries, birth defects, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy. It is their responsibility to educate the parents about the dangers of carelessness while performing various pediatric surgeries. For instance, the pediatric neurosurgeon has to ensure that the room is properly ventilated and must be devoid of any noise or dust; so that the patient does not feel any discomfort while undergoing the surgery. The pediatric neurosurgeon has to have excellent communication skills and should be able to understand what is happening around him; for instance, the location of a ventilator must be explained to him before he starts operating. Furthermore, a pediatric neurosurgeon has to be extremely calm; as he has to deal with several violent patient during a surgery.
Pediatric neurosurgeons need to acquire additional skills like high standard of personal hygiene, good bedside manner, proper time management, flexibility, communication skill, and ability to concentrate for long hours. In fact, a qualified pediatric neurosurgeon needs to have a good balance between all these qualities. If one falls short of any skill, then it is best to get a second opinion. Some pediatric neurosurgeons get themselves ill or have other kinds of problems related to their practice, which hampers their performance. In order to avoid such instances, many organizations recommend that pediatric neurosurgeons take a short refresher course every few years. This ensures that they are aware of new technologies and updated medical practices.