General (Pediatric) Surgery

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Pediatric (General) Surgery

Experts in a Wide Range of Kids' Conditions

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General surgery for children and teens is different from general surgery for adults — that’s why our surgeons are specially trained in both general surgery and pediatric surgery. The term “general surgery” refers to operations on areas of the body other than the “brain, bones and heart” — so, surgery for the organs and tissues of the chest and abdomen (belly), arms and legs. Nemours pediatric surgeons help children of all ages and sizes, from newborns to teens on the verge of adulthood. 

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric surgeons offer a wide range of advanced surgical services, treating everything from appendicitis to tumors, birth defects to trauma (severe injuries), and burns to thyroid conditions. 

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

  • abdominal masses (abnormal growths in the belly)
  • abscesses (fluid-filled sores)  
  • aerodigestive tract disorders
  • anorectal/colorectal malformations
  • biliary atresia (a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts — the channels or tubes that bile, the liver’s digestive fluid — flows through are abnormally narrow, blocked or absent)
  • breast disorders
  • burns
  • chest wall malformations
  • choledochal cysts (a problem with the liver ducts that carry bile to the gallbladder and small intestine)
  • cloacal exstrophy (a birth defect that can cause problems with the bladder, intestines, genitalia and anus)
  • congenital anomalies (a problem or defect that’s present at birth)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (an ongoing disorder in which stomach acid or bile flows into the lower esophagus and irritates the lining)
  • head tumors (growths on the head)
  • hernias (when part of an organ or tissue such as a loop of intestine pushes through an opening or weak spot in a muscle wall)
  • Hirschsprung disease (a condition of the large intestine that causes problems with passing stool)
  • imperforate anus (when the opening to the anus is missing or blocked)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • inguinal hernias and hydroceles 
  • intestinal failure
  • lesions (wounds, ulcers, abscesses or tumors)
  • liver tumors
  • lung masses
  • morbid obesity (severe obesity in teens that may be helped with bariatric — weight loss — surgery)
  • neck tumors or tumors
  • neuroblastoma 
  • ovarian disorders (conditions affecting the female reproductive organs)
  • portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the veins outside the liver)
  • short bowel syndrome 
  • skin lesions
  • splenic cysts (growths on the spleen)
  • trauma
  • vascular malformations 
  • Wilms tumor (a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys)
Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

If your child needs an operation, you can count on our pediatric board-certified pediatric surgeons and specialized teams, who are highly skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Year after year, many of our surgeons are recognized as “Best Doctors in America®,” and “Top Doctors” by local magazines in our regions. And as a leader in surgical results and overall quality of surgical care, Nemours is involved in a nationwide effort to improve pediatric surgical care. We also offer minimally invasive surgery capabilities when appropriate (surgeries with smaller incisions resulting in faster healing) and robotic-assisted surgery at some locations. 

Regional Pediatric General Surgery Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

Highlights of Our Care

We offer comprehensive pediatric general surgery care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select satellite Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

  • 24-hour surgical services and pediatric trauma evaluations through our Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center at duPont Hospital for Children (the only verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Delaware)
  • full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery offered at duPont Hospital for Children 
  • advanced, fully equipped pediatric outpatient surgery centers at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Bryn Mawr and Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Deptford, with imaging capabilities onsite
  • fetal testing and specialty consultations for fetal abnormalities detected during pregnancy that may require neonatal surgery (operations on newborns)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware right across from our main hospital campus
  • academic affiliations with Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and Christiana Care Health System

Featured Programs

We offer specialized programs such as:

Highlights of Our Care

We offer comprehensive pediatric general surgery care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

  • surgical evaluations in the pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Nemours Children’s Hospital
  • 24-hour neonatal (newborn) surgery for congenital anomalies (defects present at birth) in our smallest patients staying at our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • wound care (including mild to moderate burns), as well as joint research with Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (funded by the National Institutes of Health) to study the role of stem cells and gene therapy in treating wounds
  • pediatric pain management services (led by a board-certified pediatric anesthesiologist) unique to our area
  • advanced radiology (imaging) services including fetal diagnostics
  • Ronald McDonald House  directly on our campus, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays
  • academic affiliations with the University of Florida and University of Central Florida colleges of medicine

Featured Programs

We offer specialized programs such as:

Highlights of Our Care

We offer comprehensive pediatric general surgery care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital) and select satellite locations.

  • surgeries performed at neighbor and collaborating hospital Wolfson Children’s Hospital, with follow-ups after surgery in the hospital and at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville
  • expertise with conditions requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) — heart and lung assist devices for children who require “artificial” support while waiting for a heart transplant or for their own serious heart problems to improve
  • laparoscopic fundoplication procedure (using a tiny camera on a flexible cable to treat reflux disease)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville , for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays
  • academic and clinical affiliations with the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic Florida

Featured Programs

We offer specialized programs such as:

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