Pediatric Surgery

When your child needs surgery, you will find highly skilled specialists at Vidant Medical Center Children's Hospital and East Carolina University who offer the most advanced care available. We know you may feel anxious about your child's need for surgery and possibly have many questions. Our pediatric surgery team is solely dedicated to caring for our smallest patients and is here to help you every step of the way. Our team consists of three board certified pediatric surgeons, a board certified physician assistant, and a nurse specialist.

Because children's medical conditions differ from those of adults, they need surgical approaches and methods that are right for them. With our pediatric surgery care team, you are assured of exceptional treatments for your loved ones. We are proud to offer these surgical services close to home, sparing families the additional burden of travel.

What is a Pediatric Surgeon?

Pediatric surgeons operate on children whose development ranges from the newborn stage through the teenage years. In addition to completing training and achieving board certification in general surgery, pediatric surgeons complete two additional years of training exclusively in children's surgery. They then receive special certification in the subspecialty of pediatric surgery.

What is the pediatric surgeon's role in treating the child?

Pediatric surgeons are primarily concerned with the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of surgical problems in children. Some medical conditions in newborns are not compatible with a good quality of life unless these problems are corrected surgically. These conditions must be recognized immediately by neonatologists, pediatricians, and family physicians. Pediatric surgeons cooperate with all of the specialists involved in a child's medical care to determine whether surgery is the best option for the child.

What is the focus of pediatric surgery?

Pediatric surgeons utilize their expertise in providing surgical care for all problems or conditions affecting children that require surgical intervention. They participate in transplantation operations, and like most surgeons today, they use laparoscopic techniques for some operations. They also have particular expertise in the following areas of responsibility:

  • Neonatal-Pediatric surgeons have specialized knowledge in the surgical repair of birth defects, some of which may be life threatening to premature and full term infants.
  • Prenatal-Pediatric surgeons, in cooperation with radiologists, use ultrasound and other technologies during the fetal stage of a child's development to detect any abnormalities. They can then plan corrective surgery and educate and get to know parents before their baby is born.In addition, prenatal diagnosis may lead to fetal surgery, which is a new forefront in the subspecialty of pediatric surgery. Application of most fetal surgical techniques is still in the experimental stage.
  • Trauma-Because trauma is the number one killer of children in the United States, pediatric surgeons are routinely faced with critical care situations involving traumatic injuries sustained by children that may or may not require surgical intervention. Many pediatric surgeons are involved in accident prevention programs in their communities that are aimed at curbing traumatic injuries in children.
  • Oncology-Pediatric surgeons are involved in the diagnosis and surgical care of children with malignant tumors as well as those with benign growths.

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