Neurosurgery

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton, provides an expert Paediatric Neurosurgery Service. Neurosurgeons, Associate Professor Andrew Danks and Mr Chris Xenos are both sub-specialists in this field. Each have over 15 years of experience in performing brain surgery on children, ranging from tiny babies to teenagers.

Phone: (03) 9594 6666

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About us

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton, provides an expert Paediatric Neurosurgery Service. Neurosurgeons, Associate Professor Andrew Danks and Mr Chris Xenos are both sub-specialists in this field. Each have over 15 years of experience in performing brain surgery on children, ranging from tiny babies to teenagers.

They offer considerable expertise in the assessment and management of patients with brain tumours, myelomeningocele (spine or spinal cord defects) and other forms of spina bifida, hydrocephalus and other intracranial or spinal fluid collections. Their expertise extends to Arnold-Chiari malformations and Deep Brain Stimulation for movement disorders.

Head of Neurosurgery at the Monash Children’s Hospital, Associate Professor Andrew Danks, is an experienced adult and paediatric neurosurgeon. He specialises in cranial neurosurgery including brain tumours, hydrocephalus and related CSF disorders, ventriculoscopy, movement disorders and vascular lesions including Moya-Moya disease and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs.) He is also experienced in the repair and subsequent management of Chiari malformation, spina bifida and related spinal disorders.

Professor Danks trained in Melbourne, and as a Fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals of Harvard University. He has practised in this field for 20 years since completing his training and is a member of the International Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery, the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Congress of Neurosurgery.

Mr Chris Xenos is a consultant neurosurgeon with a public and private practice at Monash Health. He has more than 15 years’ experience in adult and paediatric neurosurgical cases, with a special interest in complex hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid disorders and congenital abnormalities.

Neonatal neurosurgery

Neonates are managed in conjunction with the neonatologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), or other less intensive ward settings.

Emergency neurosurgery

Emergency neurosurgery is catered for, including head injuries. The unit maintains a 24/7 coverage.

Neuroradiology

Advanced interventional neuroradiology is available for management of neurovascular conditions, such as Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs), aneurysms and vascular tumours.

Patients’ amazing stories

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Referrals

For urgent neurosurgery referrals to the Paediatric Neurosurgery Service please contact the on-call neurosurgery registrar at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton via Monash switchboard on (03) 9594 6666. Alternatively, emergencies may be referred directly to the Paediatric Emergency Department at Monash Children’s Hospital on (03) 9594 2430.

Elective cases or inquiries may be referred to outpatients:

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE – 1300 342 273
Fax: 959 iCARE – (03) 9594 2273

Or contact the rooms of the two paediatric neurosurgeons:

Associate Professor Andrew Danks
Phone: (03) 9594 2886
Fax (03) 9594 6241

Mr Chris Xenos
Phone: (03) 9545 6924
Fax: (03) 9545 6921

Patients are also seen on referral from the emergency departments of Monash Health and other regional hospitals. Inpatient referrals are received in the normal way from the paediatric units.

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