For decades, Mayo Clinic has been offering a full range of pediatric general surgery services. Highly skilled pediatric surgeons lead experienced surgical teams that include pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric surgical nurses.

Areas of expertise

  • J-pouch surgery (ileoanal anastomosis) for a diseased colon due to ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis: typically minimally invasive surgery, which means smaller incisions, minimal or hidden scars and a shorter recovery time
  • Chest wall surgery to correct a sunken chest (pectus excavatum) or a chest that protrudes (pectus carinatum): typically minimally invasive surgery, including a novel comprehensive pain management plan and a faster recovery time
  • Nearly scarless abdominal surgery using a single incision to remove the appendix (appendectomy), colon (colectomy), gallbladder (cholecystectomy), spleen (splenectomy), or other organs
  • Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which occurs when stomach acid or bile backs up into the esophagus
  • Surgery for an inguinal hernia, which occurs when part of the intestine bulges through an opening in the abdominal wall, or an umbilical hernia, a bulge of tissue that forms around the navel and causes it to stick out
  • Arrhythmia surgery to correct certain heart rhythm disorders, such as long QT syndrome
  • Weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) for select teenagers struggling with obesity who have developed other medical conditions
  • Surgery to separate conjoined twins, two babies who are born physically connected to each other

Team approach and coordinated care

Mayo Clinic's multispecialty team approach provides the best possible care, tailored to your child's needs. Pediatric surgery coordinates care as needed with these areas:

  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. The American College of Surgeons verifies that Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital has a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, providing the highest level of surgical care to children with serious injuries, significantly increasing the chances of survival.
  • Fetal Care Center. The Mayo Clinic Fetal Care Center uses a coordinated, multispecialty team approach, with the latest techniques and technology, to help women who have high-risk pregnancies.
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care. Mayo's Neonatal Intensive Care specializes in care of critically ill newborns. Pediatric Intensive Care specializes in care of critically ill children and teens.
  • Multispecialty pediatric clinics. Mayo Clinic offers expert care in pediatric clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, cancer treatment, weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery), muscular and skeletal disorders, nervous system diseases, genetic and metabolic disorders, and chest and lung-related diseases.
  • Pain management experts. With a caring and compassionate focus, Mayo Clinic offers a unique pain management treatment plan using a multispecialty team approach to prevent and relieve your child's pain.
  • Complementary and integrative therapies. Your Mayo doctor or nurse can request complementary therapies, such as massage therapy or music therapy, to help your child during the recovery process.
  • Nurturing, child-centered care. Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital offers family support space, playrooms, a children's library, tutoring, special events and other amenities.

Serving children around the world

Pediatric surgical teams from Mayo Clinic volunteer their services to treat children all over the world in some of the neediest — and sometimes dangerous — areas, such as the Gaza Strip, Honduras and Vietnam. On these missions, Mayo pediatric surgeons also focus on teaching and training the area's local surgeons, so the work of saving children's lives can expand around the world.

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