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Pediatric General Surgical Treatments

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, pediatric general surgeons are specially trained to treat infants, kids, teens and young adults. We provide surgical treatment options for conditions like tumors, chest wall deformities, lung disorders and more.

Minimally-invasive surgery

Our pediatric surgeons use minimally-invasive surgical techniques with small incisions to help kids recover quicker after surgery. Types of minimally-invasive techniques that we use include laparoscopic, thoracoscopic and endoscopic procedures. Read more about the innovative single-incision pediatric endoscopic surgery at Children’s Colorado.

Tumor removal

Children’s Colorado’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the top pediatric cancer treatment centers in the United States. Pediatric surgeons in the Solid Tumor Program surgically remove cancerous and benign (non-cancerous) tumors from the kidney, liver, chest and stomach.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) surgery

We provide specialized care for kids, teens and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. We have the only IBD Center in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Bowel management and treatment

Our pediatric surgeons and urologists work together in the only pediatric International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care in the western United States. Our specialists develop treatments to help kids with incontinence have a better quality of life. 

Vascular anomalies surgery

Our pediatric surgeons work with other specialists in the Vascular Anomalies Center to evaluate and treat patients with vascular malformations and tumors. Surgical procedures are sometimes used to manage vascular anomalies. Learn more about the Vascular Anomalies Center.

Chest wall deformities and the Nuss procedure

The Nuss procedure can improve the function of the heart and lungs for kids with pectus excavatum or funnel chest. Pediatric surgeons know that it also improves a child’s self-esteem by providing a more normal physical appearance. Learn about the Nuss procedure, pectus excavatum, or pectus carinatum.

Diaphragmatic hernia and congenital lung problems

Some babies are born with a hole in the diaphragm, known as diaphragmatic hernia. Not only does this allow the intestines to push up into the chest, but it also can interfere with normal lung growth and development. These babies can be very sick and require specialized critical care including Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). Learn more about diaphragmatic hernia and congenital lung problems.

Thyroid disease or tumors

Treatment for thyroid masses, cancers or an overactive gland can include surgery. Pediatric surgeons at Children’s Colorado have extensive expertise and experience in these problems.

Jaundiced infants and liver disease

The Liver Center at Children’s Colorado includes pediatric and surgical specialists who are nationally known experts in the management of this rare group of patients. One of the diseases, biliary atresia, can be treated with the Kasai procedure, which replaces the blocked bile ducts with an intestinal substitute. Many liver problems can only be managed with a liver transplant.

Nutritional support

One of the most frequent and most important functions of the pediatric surgeon is providing patients access for feeding, either via the stomach or the vein. Surgeons place catheters into the stomach (known as a gastrostomy tube or a “G tube”) and into the central veins (called ports or Broviac/Hickmans catheters).