Pediatric Spina Bifida is a congenital condition that requires specialized care and treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes for affected children. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar offers expert medical services for children with Spina Bifida in Istanbul, utilizing advanced techniques and a holistic approach to address both the physical and emotional needs of his patients.

Understanding Pediatric Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the spine and membranes around the spinal cord during early pregnancy. This condition can vary in severity, from mild cases with little to no symptoms to severe cases that can result in significant neurological impairments.

Types of Spina Bifida

There are three main types of Spina Bifida:

Spina Bifida Occulta: The mildest form, often presenting no symptoms and discovered only through imaging.

Meningocele: Involves the protrusion of the meninges through a spinal opening, potentially causing minor disabilities.

Myelomeningocele: The most severe form, where both the meninges and spinal cord protrude, leading to significant neurological impairments.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The symptoms of Spina Bifida can vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Common symptoms include:

  • Physical deformities such as a visible sac on the back
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis in the lower limbs
  • Bowel and bladder control issues
  • Hydrocephalus (accumulation of fluid in the brain)
  • Learning disabilities

Diagnosis of Spina Bifida typically occurs before birth through prenatal imaging such as ultrasound. Postnatal diagnosis involves a physical examination and imaging tests like MRI or CT scans to assess the extent of the condition.

Treatment Options

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar provides a comprehensive range of treatment options for Pediatric Spina Bifida in Istanbul, tailored to the specific needs of each child. Treatment plans are developed based on the severity of the condition and the overall health of the child.

Fetal Surgery

For severe cases diagnosed before birth, fetal surgery may be an option. This involves performing surgery on the fetus while still in the womb to repair the spinal defect. This early intervention can improve outcomes by reducing the risk of neurological damage.

Postnatal Surgery

Postnatal surgery aims to close the opening in the spine shortly after birth. This procedure helps prevent infections and further damage to the exposed nerves and spinal cord. Dr. Dündar employs advanced surgical techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes with minimal risks.

Ongoing Medical Management

Children with Spina Bifida often require ongoing medical management to address associated complications. This may include:

Neurological Care: Monitoring and managing hydrocephalus with shunt placement or other interventions.

Orthopedic Care: Addressing musculoskeletal issues such as clubfoot, hip dislocation, and scoliosis.

Urological Care: Managing bladder and bowel dysfunction with medications, catheterization, or surgeries.

Physical Therapy: Enhancing mobility and strength through specialized exercises and assistive devices.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Dr. Dündar emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to Spina Bifida treatment, collaborating with specialists in neurology, orthopedics, urology, and physical therapy to provide comprehensive care. This ensures that all aspects of the child’s health and development are addressed.

Comprehensive Care and Support

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar emphasizes a holistic approach to treatment, addressing not only the physical aspects of Spina Bifida but also the overall well-being of the child. This includes:

Preoperative Evaluation and Planning

Before any surgical intervention, a thorough evaluation is conducted to understand the child’s condition fully. Detailed imaging and functional assessments are used to plan the most effective and safe surgical approach.

Postoperative Care and Rehabilitation

Postoperative care is crucial for recovery. Dr. Dündar provides detailed postoperative instructions, including pain management, wound care, and activity restrictions. Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, are essential to help children regain function and improve their quality of life.

Ongoing Monitoring and Support

Regular follow-up appointments and imaging studies are essential to monitor the child’s progress and manage any long-term effects of the condition. Dr. Dündar provides ongoing support to ensure that children receive continuous care throughout their development.

Why Choose Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar?

Choosing Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar means opting for a highly experienced neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in Pediatric Spina Bifida. His commitment to personalized and compassionate care ensures that each child receives tailored treatment plans. Utilizing the latest medical technology and a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Dündar provides comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of the child’s health, leading to the best possible outcomes.

Expertise and Experience

Dr. Dündar is a highly experienced neurosurgeon with specialized expertise in the treatment of Pediatric Spina Bifida. His extensive training and clinical experience ensure that children receive the most advanced and effective treatments available.

Personalized and Compassionate Care

Dr. Dündar is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to each child’s unique needs. He takes the time to thoroughly explain the diagnosis, treatment options, and potential outcomes, ensuring that families feel informed and supported throughout the treatment process.

Advanced Medical Technology

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and modern medical facilities, Dr. Dündar ensures that his patients benefit from the latest advancements in neurosurgery. His access to cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical tools allows for precise and successful treatment outcomes.

For families seeking expert care for Pediatric Spina Bifida in Istanbul, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tolga Turan Dündar offers exceptional treatment combining his extensive experience, personalized patient care, and advanced medical technology. By choosing Dr. Dündar, families can be confident in receiving the best possible treatment and support for their child’s health and development.