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Pediatric Surgery

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Pediatric surgeons perform general surgery for children on areas of the body other than the brain, bones and heart. If your child needs surgery, pediatric surgeons from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are available at Jefferson's Center City Philadelphia office.

Nemours pediatric surgeons are highly trained in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient operations. Our surgeons take a team approach to caring for children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents. We work closely with anesthesiologists and nurses who understand what kids need.

Common Pediatric Conditions Treated with Surgery

Some of the common pediatric conditions our surgeons treat include:

  • Abnormalities or defects (either congenital or acquired) of the abdominal wall, chest wall, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, head and neck
  • Abscesses, lesions and burns on the skin and soft tissue
  • Appendicitis
  • Gastrointestinal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease and gallbladder disease
  • Endocrine problems such as thyroid/parathyroid conditions
  • Hernias
  • Conditions in infants or newborns such as pyloric stenosis, intestinal atresias, esophageal atresia, intestinal malrotation, imperforate anus, intussusception, congenital diaphragmatic hernias and necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Oncology (cancer) conditions
  • Obesity
  • Trauma

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Children

Minimally invasive surgery (including robotic surgery) is available in certain cases to treat various conditions in children. Minimally invasive surgery means shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, less pain and smaller scars for your child.

If your child requires a minimally invasive surgical procedure and it can't be performed in our Center City Philadelphia location, you and your child will be referred to nearby Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.