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Pediatric Surgery Resources for Healthcare Professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're committed to helping all healthcare professionals improve the quality of life for children who need surgery. Get the latest information to improve your practice and learn about innovation within our pediatric surgery programs.

Research articles and summaries

Research article

Fetuses have unique properties that allow them to heal without scars. A fetal surgeon at Children's Colorado is applying those properties to help heal diabetic wounds.

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Clinical trial

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado are investigating the safety and feasibility of providing regenerative therapy for a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Infants diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in utero
Stem cell collection at birth; Glenn procedure at 3-6 months old

Professional resources

Charting Pediatrics is a weekly podcast for pediatric healthcare providers. In this series, specialists from Children’s Colorado examine the latest treatments for the most common complaints in pediatric medicine. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.


Art and Science of Managing AOM

In this episode, Peggy Kelley, MD, joins us to discuss the classic symptoms and treatment for acute otitis media (AOM). She also discusses safe antibiotic prescribing practices and how to approach treatment failure.


Case Study: Laryngomalacia

In this episode, we're examining the case of Rachel, a baby who presented with laryngomalacia. The case started in a primary care pediatrician's office and ended in the Children's Colorado Aerodigestive Program.

Using nanotechnology and biomaterials to treat diabetic wounds

People with diabetes experience varying levels of blood sugar, which can then affect neuropathy, circulation and inflammation. These all play a vital part in how long it takes for a wound to heal. Patients with diabetes are prone to suffer from wounds that take longer to heal than patients without diabetes, often leading to serious complications like infection and even amputation.

In this video, Carlos Zgheib, PhD, discusses his research using nanotechnology and biomaterials for diabetic foot ulcers. Collaborating with a host of schools and programs, Dr. Zgheib is exploring ways to treat inflammation and oxidative stress synergistically, so both can be treated at the same time. Watch to learn more about Dr. Zgheib’s research on nanotechnology and biomaterials in diabetic wound healing.

Fetal tissue regeneration applied to children and adults

Early in his research, Ken Liechty, MD, Director of Pediatric Surgery Basic and Translational Research at Children’s Colorado, discovered that fetuses regenerate tissue without scarring. Upon further investigation, he discovered that in addition to being able to regeneratively heal skin, they can also regenerate tendon and heart tissues without scarring.

In this video, Dr. Zgheib and Dr. Liechty discuss fetal tissue regeneration and its possible implications for stem cell diabetic wound healing in children and adults. Watch to learn how fetal tissue research may inform treatment for a range of complications such as wound healing in people with diabetes and colitis in children.

An innovative partnership for clinical applications and drug development

Known to many researchers and medical innovators as “Death Valley,” the stages between ideation and implementation for pharmaceutical development can be difficult to maneuver. Rigorous testing and strict FDA approvals often stop potential medical advances in their tracks.

In this video, Dr. Liechty talks about the advantages of partnering with the Innovation Center at CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine to navigate some of the trickiest stages of drug development. From funding assistance and expertise in patent development to filing for patent protection and funding assistance for FDA applications, this innovative partnership is helping Dr. Liechty develop and test novel therapeutics to treat diabetic wounds and acute lung injury.

Pediatric surgery news

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

A Comparative Study of Thoracoscopic and Open Surgery of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in Neonates

June 26, 2019

An increasing number of hospitals have carried out neonatal thoracoscopic assisted repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Intraoperative hemodynamic parameters of CDH repair under thoracoscopy were more stable, and the therapeutic effect was better.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Long-term Outcomes of Very Low Birth Weight Infants with Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation: A Retrospective Case-matched Cohort Study

April 12, 2019

Spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP) is an intestinal complication that occurs in very ill preterms. This study investigates whether SIP survivors have worse neurodevelopmental and gastrointestinal outcomes and a poorer quality of life than controls.

JAMA Pediatrics

Effect of Needle Aspiration of Pneumothorax on Subsequent Chest Drain Insertion in Newborns

June 23, 2018

Treatment options for a symptomatic pneumothorax in newborns include needle aspiration and chest drain insertion. There is little consensus as to the preferred treatment, reflecting a lack of evidence from clinical trials.

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