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Pediatric surgery

Pediatric surgery is the surgical treatment of illnesses and other medical issues in children, from infancy throughout adolescence and into young adulthood. Oftentimes we are able to offer minimally invasive or robot-assisted procedures, such as endoscopy and laparoscopy.

Pediatric surgeons in Kansas City

When your child or teen needs surgery, you want them to receive advanced care from surgeons who are not only experts in their field, but compassionate caregivers.

We know that for children and adults alike, surgery can be a daunting experience. But at HCA Midwest Health, our experienced pediatric surgeons aim to provide an accessible, supportive environment that minimizes stressors and maximizes positive outcomes. At our facilities, including Overland Park Regional Medical Center, providers treat your child like they were their own, working towards a shared treatment goal, based on your child's unique health circumstances.

Common conditions treated

Surgery may be needed to treat a wide variety of pediatric conditions. Some of the more common conditions we perform surgical treatment for include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders affecting the esophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon
  • Hernias

Common procedures performed

Our pediatric surgeons are specialty trained in a range of medical disciplines and perform procedures such as:

  • Cancer-related surgeries
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Esophageal atresia surgery and other esophageal procedures
  • Gastrointestinal surgery, including gastroesophageal reflux surgery
  • Reconstruction of chest wall abnormalities
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Inguinal hernia surgery
  • In-utero treatment of fetal conditions, including fetoscopic laser ablation for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
  • Neonatal surgery
  • Non-cardiac thoracic surgery, including ligation of patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Resection of congenital pulmonary airway abnormalities
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Tumors
  • Umbilical hernia and other abdominal wall hernias
  • Vascular lesions

A multispecialty approach to care

As part of our approach to pediatric care, we evaluate every child's overall health and develop a care plan that takes their individualized needs into consideration. This leads to frequent collaborations across our pediatric medical specialties.

If a child requires additional attention following their birth, the doctors in our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) provide expert care for a wide range of post-birth conditions, including treatment for problems that are diagnosed prior to birth. Our surgical team consults with parents when maternal-fetal specialty care is needed. They meet with parents before their child is born and work closely with our neonatologists to provide the safest labor and delivery experience possible for these little ones.

Specialized surgical care for kids

OPRMC offers a full range of pediatric surgical services, from routine to highly complex procedures. Our pediatric surgery program is built around the unique needs of children, providing a cheerful, kid-friendly environment that makes even the tiniest patient—and their parents—feel relaxed. In 2016, OPRMC performed the first pediatric robotic surgery in the region, proving our dedication to the advancement of minimally invasive technology for pediatric surgery and resulting in less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for our young patients.

Our team works exclusively with infants, children and adolescents. In addition to top-quality surgeons, our pediatric surgery team includes:

  • Certified medical assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric nurses

Many other healthcare professionals, including dietitians, child life specialists and occupational and physical therapists, are also part of the team, offering support to your child during their hospital stay and recovery.

Dedicated pediatric anesthesiology services

When your child is scheduled for surgery, we believe it’s important that you feel comfortable with and confident in the anesthesiology team caring for your child during surgery. Our pediatric anesthesiology team understands the special requirements of newborns, infants, children and teens when it comes to sedation services. This pediatric expertise is especially important in both sedation for a procedure and pain management during recovery.

Our anesthesiologists develop a personalized approach based on your child's needs. Our team members have extensive training in:

  • General anesthesiology
  • Pediatric advanced life support
  • Pediatric anesthesiology
  • Pediatric critical care

Pediatric surgeons in Lees Summit

In addition to our care at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we offer pediatric surgical services at Lee's Summit Medical Center. Some of the surgeries offered to children at this facility include:

  • Gastrointestinal and colorectal surgeries
  • Hernia repair
  • Tumor and soft tissue lump removal

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