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Providing a Full Spectrum of Pediatric Surgical Care for Common and Complex Conditions and Illnesses
Surgeons in University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Division of Pediatric Surgery have the expertise to diagnose and treat a comprehensive range of conditions and illnesses that affect infants, children, adolescents and young adults. They treat problems ranging from relatively minor issues to highly complex conditions: anything affecting the body from below the chin to above the knees (excluding the heart, spinal cord and spinal column). Once the cause of your child’s symptoms has been identified, our surgeons work with the child’s pediatrician and other specialists to determine the most appropriate care plan and begin treatment using the most advanced and minimally invasive therapies available.
We offer surgical services/consultations for infants, children, adolescents and young adults in the following areas:
- Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric general and thoracic surgery encompasses a broad range of elective and urgent surgeries performed on the abdominal and thoracic areas, including procedures for common conditions affecting the appendix, esophagus, stomach, intestine, colon, bile ducts, liver, pancreas, spleen, lungs and mediastinum.
- Chest Wall Reconstruction
Chest wall reconstruction is performed as a result of congenital abnormalities, infection, tumor ablation, radiation injuries and trauma. The goals of chest wall reconstruction are usually to restore chest wall rigidity, preserve or improve pulmonary function, protect intrathoracic organs, provide soft tissue coverage, fill dead space, minimize deformity and facilitate adjuvant radiotherapy if necessary.
- Aerodigestive Conditions
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has one of only a few dedicated aerodigestive programs in Ohio. Conditions affecting the aerodigestive system, including the upper airways, lungs, esophagus, stomach and small intestine, are often interrelated. As such, our pediatric specialists and other experts from multiple disciplines collaborate to care for children with breathing, swallowing and digestive conditions. This multidisciplinary approach facilitates the development of tailored, more comprehensive treatment plans for each child.
Specific aerodigestive treatment areas in which we specialize include:
- Feeding difficulties
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Follow-up treatment for complex surgical conditions (esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, etc.)
- Neonatal Surgery and Prenatal Counseling
Neonatal surgery is a surgical sub-specialty of pediatric surgery that encompasses the surgical care of newborn infants, often critically ill or born prematurely. In planning neonatal surgical procedures, we meet with obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists, patient care navigators, pediatric specialists (for example, cardiologists or gastroenterologists) and nursing staff to create a comprehensive and coordinated care plan that is shared with expecting families to discuss their unborn baby’s health condition and the treatment the baby is likely to need.
- Hepatobiliary Surgery
Hepatobiliary surgery is surgery to treat disorders of the liver, bile duct and pancreas. Infants, children and adolescents can be affected by a number of hepatobiliary conditions that require surgical treatment. Procedures range from gallstone removal to the correction of congenital vascular malformations in the liver.
- Surgical Oncology
Children with cancer often require surgery, including biopsies and the removal of solid tumors. Supported by the latest research and technological advances in oncological surgery, the pediatric surgeons at UH Rainbow cooperate closely with specialists in oncology, hematology, radiology and other areas, as well as bone marrow transplant services, to provide pediatric cancer patients with the best surgical care possible.
- Pediatric Trauma Care and Critical Care
We provide outstanding pediatric trauma care at the nationally recognized UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. In addition, we offer the same high level of care to non-trauma pediatric patients who are in an unstable or critical condition as a result of illness.
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a surgical technique by which surgeons operate through tiny incisions utilizing pediatric-sized instruments to achieve the same results as conventional surgery. The board-certified pediatric specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pioneer MIS techniques and approaches to help infants, children, teens and young adults heal better and faster.
- Pediatric Colorectal Surgery
We perform advanced diagnostics and surgical treatment for various colorectal conditions, which are illnesses that affect the colon, rectum and/or anus. Our expertise in this area spans the entire range of colorectal problems – from the most common to the most complex – that occur in infants, children and adolescents.
- Pediatric Endocrine Surgery
The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate metabolism, growth, development, mood, reproduction and other functions. Although most pediatric endocrine disorders can be managed without surgical intervention, some may require surgery.
- Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery
Common head and neck disorders in children for which we may recommend and perform surgery include brachial cleft cysts and sinus tracts, thyroglossal duct cysts and bronchogenic cysts. Other causes of head and neck masses that may require surgical intervention are infections and benign or malignant tumors.