Anesthesia for neurosurgery includes anesthesia for surgical procedures on the brain and spinal cord, such as surgery for:

  • Skull / brain / spinal tumors
  • Repair of myelomeningoceles / encephaloceles
  • Placement of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts
  • Release of tethered cord
  • Cranial decompression of Chiari malformation
  • Craniofacial reconstruction
  • Epilepsy surgeries

Anesthesiologists focus on minimizing the risk of injury to the brain and spinal cord due to loss of blood supply, controlling blood pressure and monitoring spinal cord and nerve function.