Mayo Clinic's approach

Experience

Mayo Clinic specialists have experience performing cervical spine surgery on children. Each year, Mayo surgeons perform about 55 of these procedures.

Expertise

At Mayo Clinic, surgeons specializing in children's brain and spine disorders (pediatric neurosurgeons) work with orthopedic surgeons and pediatricians to treat children with cervical spine problems.

Advanced technology

Mayo Clinic surgeons use the latest techniques for cervical spine surgery, including minimally invasive approaches and detailed imaging during surgery to guide the procedure.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Expertise and rankings

Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors perform about 55 pediatric cervical spine surgeries.

  • Team approach. At Mayo Clinic, doctors trained in treating children who have brain and nervous system conditions (pediatric neurosurgeons and pediatric neurologists), musculoskeletal conditions (pediatric orthopedic surgery), doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and doctors trained in other medical conditions in children (pediatrics) work together to provide the most appropriate treatment for your child.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers conduct studies to determine the most appropriate evaluation and treatment approaches for pediatric cervical spine abnormalities. People undergoing occipitocervical and cervical spine surgery at Mayo Clinic have the opportunity to volunteer for research in multicenter registries of the Pediatric Craniocervical Society and Children's Spine Foundation.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic researchers are members of the Pediatric Craniocervical Society, a national group coordinating data related to pediatric spinal disease to learn more about these conditions and determine how to treat these conditions.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and ranking.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Dec. 23, 2017
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