Tethered Spinal Cord Program
At Children’s, our Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome Program provides the full scale of diagnostic, consultation, surgical and follow-up care services for children with tethered spinal cord syndrome, or “tethered cord.” Our neurosurgeons and other clinicians are considered the top of their field, and have many years of experience in studying and treating tethered cord in children of all ages.
- All of our neurosurgery professionals have years of focused training in pediatric medicine and surgery. We understand the special needs of infants, children and adolescents with tethered cord and other related conditions.
- Our neurosurgery experts work closely with other health professionals in departments and services throughout the hospital—such as neurology, endocrinology, urology, orthopedics and psychiatry, among others—to ensure that your child receives the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible.
- Our clinicians are also involved in promising scientific research with important implications for understanding, treating and one day preventing tethered cord and the full spectrum of neurosurgical conditions.
Some of our particular areas of expertise include:
- diagnosis of tethered cord through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, among other imaging technologies
- surgical procedures to separate the spinal cord from spinal tissue
- surgical follow-up
- working with urology and gastroenterology specialists to help children whose tethered cord syndrome has caused incontinence issues
- working with physical therapists to help children with movement and mobility issues linked to their tethered cord syndrome