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Our comprehensive surgical team at Children's Hospital Colorado collaborates with specialties throughout the hospital to offer advanced, round-the-clock care for every surgical intervention. Because our team is diverse — including pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, nurses and many others — our research efforts are, too. Current projects explore gene therapy, wound healing physiology, the diagnostic and treatment possibilities of big data and many more.
We strive to develop and utilize treatment methods that minimize invasiveness and maximize benefit, continually pushing for better, more effective care. These advances not only help patients heal, they save lives. Read about the results of our projects below:
Because surgery can be invasive, much of our research centers are developing techniques to minimize invasiveness or even to avoid surgery altogether. In all our efforts, we seek to give our patients an easier, more effective path to healing.
Learn more about Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Colorado.
“For teenagers, in particular, the lifestyle interventions and even drug treatment have not been great, and most of the evidence for adolescents [suggests] that there is not good treatment that allows a teenager who has gained considerable extra weight to actually reverse it,” said Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, director of Adolescent Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
More and more doctors and parents are questioning whether severely obese teenagers should have bariatric surgery. Thomas Inge, MD, division head of pediatric surgery and director of adolescent metabolic and bariatric surgery, and Stephen Daniels, MD, pediatrician-in-chief, are quoted.
Two recent studies show that gastric bypass surgery dramatically reduced teens' weight and helped them keep the pounds off for more than five years. One of the studies also suggests that teens should consider surgery sooner rather that later to achieve the best outcome. Thomas Inge, MD, chair of pediatric surgery and lead researcher for one of the studies, is quoted.