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Pediatric Surgery


Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric surgery is a sub-specialty of surgery involving a variety of surgical procedures on fetuses, infants, children, adolescents and young adults performed by highly trained pediatric surgeons. Advances in medical technology have led to a surgical revolution spearheaded by the development of laparoscopic surgery and thoracoscopic surgery. These minimally invasive techniques have proven to be safe, efficient, technically feasible and well tolerated in infants, young children and teenagers.

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Cohen Children's Medical Center deals with a full range of pediatric surgery procedures and focuses on the unique physiology and anatomy of the young patient. Close cooperation with the patient's referring physician is maintained at all times.

The "Same Day Surgery Unit" permits children to undergo treatment for many pediatric surgery procedures without the necessity of an overnight stay in the hospital. This spares the child the trauma of hospitalization and permits rest and healing at home. An educational visit several days prior to the scheduled procedure allows you and your child to become familiar with the facility and to learn what to expect on the big day.

While in the hospital, parents are allowed to be with their child as much as possible. One parent is almost always allowed to be present in the operating room while their child is going to sleep. After surgery, children are brought to the pediatric recovery room, and parents are allowed to see them shortly after their arrival. After recovery from pediatric surgery, children are discharged and are almost always home by the afternoon.

If your child requires hospitalization overnight or longer, every effort is made to make your young one as comfortable as possible. One parent is encouraged to sleep in with the child. For those children from out of town or from foreign countries, we offer the convenience of the Ronald McDonald House, which is a home away from home, allowing families to stay at a minimal expense within walking distance from the hospital.


Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery

Pediatric Laparoscopic or “minimally invasive” surgery is a specialized technique for performing surgery. In traditional “open” surgery the surgeon uses a single incision to enter into the abdomen. Pediatric Laparoscopic surgery uses several 0.5-1cm incisions. Each incision is called a “port.” At each port a tubular instrument known as a trochar is inserted. Specialized instruments and a special camera known as a laparoscope are passed through the trochars during the procedure. At the beginning of the procedure, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to provide a working and viewing space for the surgeon. The laparoscope transmits images from the abdominal cavity to high-resolution video monitors in the operating room. During the operation the surgeon watches detailed images of the abdomen on the monitor. This system allows the surgeon to perform the same operations as traditional surgery but with smaller incisions.

The pediatric surgeons at Cohen Children's Medical Center provide state-of-the-art minimally invasive pediatric laparoscopic surgery for infants, children and adolescents so that they will benefit from:

  • decreased post-operative pain and complications
  • very small incisions with little or no scarring
  • faster recovery time
  • shorter stay in the hospital.

Minimally invasive surgery, which includes pediatric laparoscopy and pediatric thoracoscopy surgery, gives pediatric surgeons a "view inside" the abdomen or chest. Small incisions are made and a tiny video camera is guided through one of the incisions and small instruments passed through the others. our highly trained pediatric surgeons can perform the operation while watching a video screen to manipulate the instruments.

No other medical center in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut offers the breadth and scope of minimally invasive pediatric laparoscopic surgery that is available here. Our pediatric laparoscopic surgery procedures include:

  • Anti-reflux operations (Nissen fundoplication)
  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • astrostomy placement
  • Intestinal resection
  • Nephrectomy (Kidney removal)
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure)
  • Pull-through for Hirschsprung's disease
  • Pull-through for imperforate anus
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Thoracoscopic (through the chest wall)
  • Decortication and empyema drainage
  • Lung Biopsy and lung resection
  • Mediastinal mass removal
  • Treatment for pneumothorax

Talk to your pediatrician or family physician about minimally invasive pediatric laparoscopic surgery. You doctor can contact us with any questions you may have that cannot be answered immediately. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art care for children's medical needs along with the most sensitive and considerate support for personal and family needs.

In everything we do, children come first.

Make an Appointment with our Pediatric Surgery Division:
Cohen Children’s Medical Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring your child is receiving the best treatment possible from our Pediatric Surgery Division. Simply click the request an appointment button to arrange a pediatric surgery appointment with one of our caring and dedicated pediatric surgeons, or call 718-470-3636.

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