Our specially-trained pediatric surgeons provide a range of surgical care for newborn infants, children, and adolescents up to the age of 17 years. They treat both congenital and acquired diseases of the neck, chest, abdomen, and soft tissues.
Our pediatric surgeons meet all the standards, to the highest degree, of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as defined in its Pediatric General Surgery Referral Guidelines. Among the operations they perform are:
- Repair of inguinal hernias in infants less than 1 year of age (as well as older children)
- Repair of undescended testes in young infants
- Newborn surgery related to alimentary tract obstruction and lung, diaphragm, abdominal or neck abnormalities
- Surgery for infant or childhood tumors
- Surgery for gastrointestinal disease
Both conventional "open" procedures and minimally invasive procedures are performed. With minimally Invasive surgery, our young patients experience smaller scars, reduced pain, and have an earlier return to normal diet. Best of all, hospital stays are generally shorter and children return to family, friends, and activities sooner.
More than 1,000 surgical procedures are performed yearly, and over 3,000 patients are seen annually by the staff, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
The inpatient facilities available to our Pediatric Surgery Service include the only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) on Suffolk County's north shore.
To ensure a good hospital experience for children and their families, we provide orientation tours and teach the children and their families about their operations, so that they feel comfortable about them. The Child Life Program offers an online pre-surgical tour for children and their families to give our patients who are scheduled for surgery a chance to see and know what to expect.
Visit our Patient Care section for more information about our pediatric surgery service.