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Families seeking care for conditions that require specialty pediatric surgery come to Shriners Children’s.

Surgery for children is often more complicated than surgery for adults. It requires the specialized technical skills that our world-recognized surgeons have, as well as a deeper understanding of what a successful surgery can mean to a child and their family. That can be improved health, better function and less pain, while also giving a child greater independence, ability and confidence.

We provide surgical care for children 12 months and older, although many of our patients have been with us since birth. We treat conditions that a child may have been born with, as well as conditions that develop over time or that result from injury.

Our pediatric surgery team addresses the individual needs of each patient from every perspective. That can include a complex surgery, medical management or psychosocial support. We work closely and collaboratively with our other specialty teams, such as burn care, orthopedicsspine/spinal cord care and sports medicine, to develop the optimal course of treatment for every patient. Families appreciate the convenience of a single source for comprehensive care, and children benefit from our team approach. We work together with every family, parents, patients and providers to support the care of the whole child.

About Our Pediatric Surgeons

Our pediatric surgeons gain much of their expertise through hands-on experience, individualized education and concentrated research with organizations including universities and private companies. With this knowledge, they’ve developed the skills to treat the complex surgical needs of children.

We celebrate the recognition of our pediatric surgeons and researchers. The American Academy of Pediatrics in the section of surgery, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery are just a few of the organizations that have honored our pediatric surgeons.

Learn more below about many of the conditions we treat with our pediatric surgery program.

Specific treatments and services may vary by location. Please contact a specific location for more information.

Chest and Neck Disorders

Chest abnormalities can compress or displace the heart and lungs, causing shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and respiratory disease. Many pediatric disorders of the neck may result in difficulty swallowing or breathing. Our goal is to begin with the least invasive treatment option for these conditions, while preventing further complications.

  • Branchial cleft and arch anomalies/bronchogenic cysts
  • Complex chest wall deformities
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Pectus carinatum (raised chest)
  • Pectus excavatum (sunken chest)
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts and sinuses

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Complex GI Disorders

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including those related to diseases of the colon and rectum, can be especially challenging for children because of the embarrassment or shame commonly felt. Our focus on children allows us to be especially sensitive to the emotional aspects of these conditions.

  • Biliary disorders
  • Cecostomy tubes for constipation
  • Crohn’s
  • Familial polyposis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastrostomy tube placement
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Complex Rectal Disorders

Complex rectal disorders, which are very similar to complex GI disorders but sometimes more severe, can be emotionally difficult for children because of the shame or embarrassment they might feel. Our focus on children allows us to be especially compassionate when treating these conditions.

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Cysts, Hemangiomas, Tumors

Hemangiomas, as well as different types of cysts and tumors, can cause discomfort, pain and further internal complications for children.

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Hernias

Our pediatric surgeons provide care to children who have various types of hernias that, in some cases, can be life-threatening.

  • Epigastric hernia
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Follow-up and Complications After Neonatal Repair

Sometimes children are born with colorectal and gastrointestinal (GI) health disorders. Our team of noted pediatric surgeons provides the compassionate care necessary to infants in those critical months just after birth. The care does not stop there. Our team follows children with congenital disorders into early adulthood, providing follow-up care that ensures the best possible outcomes.

  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernias and other related diaphragmatic anomalies
  • Complex abdominal wall defects: omphalocele and gastroschisis
  • Imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

Urologic Disorders

Our team of board-certified pediatric urologists diagnose and treat conditions of the bladder, urinary tract, kidney and genitalia from birth to early adulthood. Given the unique needs of children, our pediatric urologists examine and treat each child with sensitivity and compassion.

  • Circumcision
  • Congenital hydroephrosis
  • Hydrocele/inguinal hernia
  • Hypospadias
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Sexual ambiguity
  • Urinary infection
  • Vesico-ureteral reflux
  • Undescended testis

This is not a complete list. If you do not see your child’s condition, please search all conditions for which we provide pediatric surgery, or contact the Shriners Children's location nearest you.

At Shriners Children's, we support your child’s overall health and well-being.

Families and patients say that Shriners Children’s feels like home to them, and it's no wonder to us. We know that a child's needs go beyond the surgery itself. Before and after surgery, our care teams support social, emotional and developmental health with patient programs and activities.

A few examples include:

Not all programs are available at every location. Contact your child’s care manager or any member of your child’s care team to learn more.

Dr. Raff took one look at Zachary’s chest and knew it was something more than asthma. He was the first doctor to acknowledge Zachary’s condition and offer us hope. After his final surgery, Zachary took a huge breath and said he felt amazing.
Michelle, Sacramento
pediatric rehabilitation patient

Caring for Each Child's Overall Health and Well-being

We understand that every child is unique and needs a customized approach to healing and recovery. Our pediatric rehabilitation services are designed to meet the physical, emotional, social, developmental and educational needs of our patients.

Innovative Treatments

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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a procedure used to diagnose and treat joint conditions. Shriners Children's treats a variety of conditions with this minimally invasive surgery option.

Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery

In laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon makes small incisions into which small surgical tools and camera are inserted. In Robotic surgery, the surgeon uses computer controls to manipulate the robot.

Laser Surgery

Shriners Children's uses innovative laser surgery to treat scars, resulting in the best outcomes and overall experience for your child.

Nuss Procedure

The Nuss procedure is a minimally invasive surgery for patients with pectus excavatum, also known as concave or sunken chest.

Orthopedic Surgery

With their expertise in treating children from toddlers to teens, the pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Shriners Children’s understand the challenges of planning ahead for growing bones and bodies.

Ravitch Procedure

Corrects severe or complex cases of pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum by removing the cartilage causing the defect. The sternum is then placed in the normal position.

Revision Surgeries

Severe burns may require surgeries to improve mobility, functionality and reduce the appearance of scars. At Shriners Children’s this is part of a comprehensive care plan developed for your child.

Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR or Titanium Rib)

A curved metal rod that is surgically implanted to help straighten the spine and separate ribs so the lungs can grow and expand as the child grows. This device can be used to treat severe chest wall deformities and scoliosis.

Next Steps

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