Experts in Children's Hospital Colorado's Center for Children's Surgery are dedicated to advancing the pediatric surgery to improve the care and lives of all children with urologic conditions. That's why we conduct research to advance care techniques that can be used for our patients and kids anywhere.
Watch the surgery medical education videos below for protocols and research from our experts to help improve the care of your patients.
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair in children
During normal pre-birth development, the testis descends though the groin into the scrotum, bringing with it part of the lining of the abdomen. This tube-like communication between the abdomen and the scrotum usually closes off by the time a child is born. If the communication does not close off, fluid is free to move back and forth from the abdomen into the scrotum. This is called a communicating inguinal hernia or hydrocele.
In this video, Jose Diaz-Miron, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, and Thomas Inge MD, Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, explain the natural history and presentation of pediatric inguinal hernias. This discussion focuses around the laparoscopic approach for inguinal hernia repairs and the outcomes of the procedure. They also cover the most common questions we get from our patients and families in the pediatric surgery clinic including origin, incident rates and possible recurrence.
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.