Patient Outcomes

Our program is among the largest and most experienced pediatric neurosurgery units in the United States. Despite being a national and international referral center for many of the most complex and difficult-to-treat cases in pediatric neurosurgery, our outcomes consistently defy expectations and offer new hope for conditions previously considered untreatable.

To learn more about our programs and our results, click here to view the 2017 Neurosurgery Outcomes Book.

Outcomes data for the following programs are also available:


Neurosurgery Volumes & Outcomes

This section presents important data about our patient outcomes and volumes.
Below are several tables providing an overview for 2015-2017


Cases, Admissions and Consultations by Year

Year
Hospital Admissions
Hospital Consultations
Surgical Cases
2015
1,192
1,082
906
2016
1,154
1,121
890
2017
1,126
1,008
1,001

Outpatient Visits

2015 7,613
Total
23,220
2016 7,853
2017 7,754

Surgical Cases by Diagnosis

2015
2016
2017
Hydrocephalus
323 285 364
Epilepsy
101 112 145
Craniosynostosis
63 51 49
Tumor
101 106 119
Congenital Malformations
52 70 83
Functional Neurosurgery
67 70 90
Vascular
20 40 24
Trauma
55 55 42
Spine (Non-Traumatic)
38 38 9
Chiari
24 28 22
Infection/Inflammation
28 13 22
Minor Scalp & Skull Lesions
26 16 24
Pain
3 3 4
Other
5 3 4

Unplanned Return to the Operating Room
within 30 days of initial surgery

Year
Rate
2015
6.28% (57/906)
2016
6.29% (56/890)
2017
6.39% (64/1001)

Breakdown of Indication for Unplanned Return to the Operating Room
within 30 days of initial surgery

Indication
Rate
EVD Failure
0.56%
Post-operative Raised ICP
1.69%
Baclofen Pump Revision
1.69%
Other
3.39%
Residual Brain Tumor
3.95%
Post-operative Hemorrhage
3.95%
ETV Failure
7.91%
Shunt Infection
10.17%
Post-operative Infection
11.30%
CSF Leak
18.08%
Shunt Failure
37.29%

Mortality Rate
within 30 days of initial surgery

Year
Overall
Cranial Procedure
Spine Procedure
CSF/Shunting Diversion Procedure
Peripheral Nerve Procedure
Other Procedure
2015
1.22% (11/905)
2.27% (7/308)
0% (0/113)
0.31% (1/322)
0% (0/7)
1.94% (3/155)
2016
0.9% (8/889)
0.96% (3/314)
0.76% (1/131)
1.4% (4/286)
0% (0/4)
3.25% (5/154)
2017
0.7% (7/997)
0.29% (1/346)
0% (0/108)
1.37% (5/365)
0% (0/1)
0.56% (1/177)