Patient Resources

Pre-Operative Care

You will be given specific instruction by the office staff about what time to arrive and when to hold food or drink prior to procedure.


Discharge Summary/Instructions

These are generic instructions and may differ depending on your child’s diagnosis and/or procedure undergone.

Discharge Instructions (English)
Discharge Instructions (Spanish)


Post-Operative Care

  • Wound care: keeping wound clean and dry is very important; Wash the incision per the instructions given by the specific attending.
  • What You Need to Know about Infections After Surgery
  • Absorbable sutures (clear or Tan)- These sutures do not not need to be removed and may take several weeks for them to fall out.
  • Non absorbable sutures ( dark black or bright blue): These will need to removed by our neurosurgical staff 2-3 weeks after surgery.
  • Staples: These will need to be removed by our Neurosurgical staff within 2-3 weeks after surgery
  • Dermabond ( surgical glue): This is applied over dissolvable sutures. It will slowly dissolve as long as you are washing it daily with soap and water.
  • Steri-strips: Sometimes the physician will leave steri-strips over the incision before dressing is applied. These look like white pieces of tape that are placed in a row over the incision. Once the dressing is removed, it is ok to wash the wound with these in place.
  • Rest is very important
  • Must be seen in clinic to be released back to activities and school.

Returning to School

This is dependent on the specific surgery or injury sustained. Please refer to your discharge instructions, if not specified; please contact the appropriate nurse for clarification.

Playing Sports

Depending on your child’s condition, the physician will make recommendations as to what activities/sports the patient may participate in.

Note: we are unable to write a letter releasing your child to play football

What to expect after surgery

Shunt insertion or revision

The child will be taken to a regular room for overnight stay. On the following day after surgery, the child may be discharged home if they are tolerating food, drink and has pain under control.

Shunted hydrocephalus – video

Chiari Decompression

After surgery, the child will be admitted to the pediatric ICU. They will be tired and need to rest. The following day, they will be moved to a regular room. They will be encouraged to try to get out of bed and walk. The criteria for going home are pain control, being able to keep liquids and some food down and ambulating without assistance.

These are some of the diagnosis’s we treat

  • Spina Bifida
  • Spine fractures
  • Syrinx
  • Trauma
  • Tethered cord