Spina bifida occurs when the spine of a baby fails to close during the first months of pregnancy.
The Spina Bifida Program is a multidisciplinary program that includes several specialty services: orthopedics, neurosurgery, developmental pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and urology. Prenatal evaluations are available. Patients are followed from birth until 18 years of age. The Spina Bifida Program also offers a Teen Readiness Clinic that focuses on transition.
Patients are seen initially by all of the services. Frequency of follow-up is determined on an individual basis. Some patients will require the entire team while others will only require part of the team. Nutrition, social services and physical therapy are also available. Patients are seen through self-referral and by physician referrals.