What We Treat

Our surgeons work with other specialists across the Children’s system to treat a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Hernias, in which an organ protrudes, or sticks out, of the cavity where it is normally located
  • Gastroesophageal reflux, when acid and other stomach contents backs up into the esophagus
  • Pyloric stenosis, in which the connection a baby’s stomach and small intestine swells and blocks food, causing the baby to vomit
  • Conditions requiring removal of the spleen
  • Gallbladder disease

Services We Offer

During minimally invasive surgery, our surgeons use a tube with a camera attached—called an endoscope—to go into a child's body and send images to a TV monitor. The images guide the surgeon through the surgery. To perform the surgery, the surgeon uses small, thin tools that go through small incisions in a child's body.

In laparoscopic surgery, the tube is passed through the abdomen, usually the belly button. In thoracoscopic surgery, it is passed through a small incision in the chest. Our surgeons are highly experienced in these methods and perform then every day.

As technology improves, we are able to perform more surgeries by minimally invasive methods. We most commonly perform:

  • Appendectomy, removal of the appendix
  • Cholecystectomy, removal of the gallbladder
  • Fundoplication, surgery that strengthens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to stop acid from backing up
  • Hernia exploration, a procedure to determine if a child has a hernia
  • Pyloromyotomy, used to treat pyloric stenosis
  • Splenectomy, removal of the spleen

Some examples of the innovative technology we offer include:

  • Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), which allows our surgeons to clearly and effectively navigate the digestive system. The imaging helps surgeons pinpoint the correct placement of new tissue to repair or replace.
  • Single-site colectomy, to treat life-threatening ulcerative colitis, diseases that inflame the large intestine.

Not every child can benefit from minimally invasive surgery. We will talk to you about surgical options for your child.

Our Unique Approach

Our surgeons are pediatric-trained to perform minimally invasive surgery on children and teens. We will create a surgery and follow-up plan just for your child, and we will make sure you feel confident caring for him when he goes home.