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Pediatric Surgery


The Pediatric Surgery Division at Children’s Hospital Central California specializes in the repair of birth defects and acquired conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. Our general pediatric surgeons are responsible for over 3,000 of the 9,000 surgeries performed at Children’s every year. Surgeons perform more than 200 different surgical procedures, some fairly common and others relatively rare. Procedures are performed on an inpatient, outpatient and emergency basis.

A high volume of both inpatient and surgical cases, combined with diverse training from national centers of excellence, give our surgeons a level of experience that cannot be found elsewhere in our region. This experience means a lot to our patients and their families. Often, our patients experience shorter lengths of stay and better outcomes. Whenever possible our surgeons use less invasive surgical techniques (i.e., laparoscopies with small incisions), adopting nationwide best practices and providing compassionate care through multidisciplinary teams who have broad experience with children.

We also offer minimal blood-loss techniques whenever appropriate. General pediatric surgeons work closely with the Hospital’s subspecialists and subspecialty surgeons.

Services Offered & Conditions Treated

Expertise

  • Gastroschisis
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Imperforate anus and anorectal malformation
  • Our team is focused on applying minimally invasive surgery to tackle common problems when it is safe and appropriate.

Other Surgical Services and Conditions

  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Endoscopic
  • Thoracoscopic
  • Prenatal consultation
  • Repair birth defects and acquired conditions
  • Oncology
  • Trauma
  • Wound
  • Outpatient burn care
  • Diagnostic and surgical treatment of head, neck, chest and abdomen
  • Appendicitis
  • Gastroschisis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Imperforate anus/anorectal malformation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Intestinal atresias
  • Intestinal malrotation/volvulus
  • Intussusception
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Omphalocele
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Spleen problems
  • Hereditary shirocytosis
  • Tumors
  • Achalasia surgery
  • Lung surgery
  • Pectus excavatum and carinatum
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Biliary atresia
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Liver resection
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Brachial clefts
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Lymph node tumors
  • Lymphangioma
  • Parathyroid
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts and sinuses
  • Thyroid
  • Hydrocele
  • OvariesTestes
  • Dermoid cysts
  • Lipoma
  • Pilomatrixoma
  • Sebaceous cysts
  • Hemangioma
  • Lymphatic malformation
  • Vascular malformations
  • Birth defects
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilm's tumor
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Osteogenic sarcoma
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Serial Transverse Enteroplasty
  • Neonatal surgery
  • Pediatric urology
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Central venous access
  • Circumcision
  • Colostomy
  • Liver disease
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Malrotation
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Lung lesions

Diagnostic Methods

  • Laparoscopic procedures to look for chronic abdominal pain conditions.
  • Tissue samples for biopsies

Physician Referral Guidelines

Pediatric Surgery Referral Guidelines

Multidisciplinary Services

  • We work extensively with the Emergency Department performing emergency surgeries.
  • The Hospital’s Trauma Team is headed by Pediatric Surgery.
  • Gastroenterology:
    • Biliary Atresia
    • Liver Disorders
    • Acid Reflux Disease
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.)
  • Neonatology:
    • Repairing birth defects on premature babies:
      • Patent Ductus Arterioses (PDA) litation
      • Gastroschisis
      • Imperforate Anus
    • Congenital anomalies:
      • Intestinal Atresia
      • Hirschsprung’s Disease
      • Esophageal Atresia
  • PICU:
    • Patients with critical illnesses.
  • Oncology:
    • Malignant tumors
    • Working with tumors
    • Assisting oncologists with procedures on patients with various types of cancer and leukemia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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