If your child needs pediatric surgery, it’s good to know that Nemours surgeons and specialized teams are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Pediatric surgeons perform “general surgery” (also called “pediatric surgery”), which means operations for children on areas of the body other than the “brain, bones, and heart.”
We offer a wide range of surgical services in our advanced pediatric surgery center for kids of any age, from newborns to teens. Some of the common pediatric surgeries our board-certified surgeons perform treat conditions and problems like:
- abnormalities or defects: either congenital (present at birth) or acquired (ones that develop over time) — of the abdominal wall, chest wall, endocrine system (glands), gastrointestinal tract, lungs, head, and neck
- abscesses, lesions, and burns on the skin and soft tissue
- appendicitis: inflammation of the appendix (a small finger-like organ that's attached to the large intestine in the lower right side of the abdomen and is usually accompanied by fever and pain in the lower abdomen and around the belly button that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation)
- gastrointestinal conditions: such as gastroesophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, and gallbladder disease
- endocrine problems: like thyroid/parathyroid conditions
- hernias: when part of an organ or tissue in the body such as a loop of intestine pushes through an opening or weak spot in a muscle wall
- conditions in infants or newborns — such as pyloric stenosis, intestinal malrotation, intussusception, and necrotizing enterocolitis
- oncology conditions
- obesity: bariatric/lap band surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
In certain cases and at some Nemours locations, our pediatric surgeons are able to offer minimally invasive procedures (including robotic surgery) to diagnose and treat various conditions.
Traditional "open surgery" procedures require larger "open incisions,"
whereas minimally invasive procedures use the patient’s natural openings (like the mouth and throat) or tiny incisions an inch or smaller. And that means shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, less pain and discomfort, reduced chance of infection and bleeding, and much smaller scars.
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- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Returning Patient Forms
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center in Bryn Mawr is your local access to the pediatric surgery expertise of Nemours’ renowned physicians. If you live in or around the Main Line, you can now get the same great pediatric surgery care from Nemours experts, right in your own backyard. Our state-of-the-art pediatric surgery center is located within Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr, right across the street from Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Here, our experienced pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., are available to handle all kinds of pediatric surgical procedures, from the simple to the more complex. We understand kids’ physical, emotional and social needs when they’re undergoing surgery — and we know that any operation can be scary for parents and families, too.
The facility itself at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center was designed by physicians, nurses and parents, and includes a number of family-friendly features to make your visit more comfortable.
The pediatric surgery center at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr offers:
- two fully equipped operating rooms
- eight private pre-op rooms (where you can stay with your child right up until the time of surgery)
- a comfortable waiting area (with free refreshments, a digital board to show the status of each patient, and glass walls so you can more easily watch for the operating room staff or surgeon to come out and give you updates)
After the surgery, your child will return to the same room and will usually have the same nurse.
At the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center in Bryn Mawr, we help children of all ages and sizes — from the smallest newborns to teens on the threshold of adulthood.
In addition to “General” or Pediatric Surgery (operations for children on areas of the body other than the brain, bones, and heart), Nemours surgeons offer surgical procedures here in the following medical specialties:
- Dental Care (dentists and oral surgeons from the community will be able to perform pediatric dental surgery here)
- Gastroenterology (conditions of the digestive system)
- Ophthalmology (conditions relating to vision)
- Otolaryngology (ENT or Ear, Nose and Throat)
- Plastic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
What to Expect With Pediatric Surgery
If your child needs surgery, you can rely on the pediatric surgical expertise offered at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr. Our expert surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses understand what kids need, psychologically and physically. You’ll find step-by-step instructions and information about what to expect before, during and right after surgery at The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Surgery Center in Bryn Mawr in our guidebook. (If your child will be getting surgery at another location, please talk to your child's doctor to find out what to expect.)