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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Minimally Invasive Pediatric General Surgery: Procedures Offered

Abdominal Procedures (Laparoscopy)

  • Appendectomy: Removal of the appendix
  • Bowel Resection: Removal of a portion of the intestines, often done to treat inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cholecystectomy: Removal of the gall bladder
  • Complex Biliary Reconstruction: Replacement of part of the biliary system, including the liver, gallbladder, pancreas or stomach, that were missing at birth or damaged by illness.
  • Hirschsprung's Disease/“Pull Through” Procedure: Correction of bowel function where part of the colon that is functioning properly is pulled through and sewn over the non-functioning part of the bowel
  • Intestinal Malrotation/Volvulus Correction: Treatment to untwist the intestine to ensure proper intestinal function and circulation.
  • Intussusception Repair: Correction of an intestinal blockage where part of the organ has prolapsed into another part of the intestine
  • Liver Biopsy: Removal of a tissue sample in the liver to determine diagnosis and treatment
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS): Surgical release of a ligament on the chest wall so it does not block blood supply to the digestive tract
  • Nephrectomy: Removal of the kidney
  • Nissen Fundoplication: Wrapping a portion of the top part of the stomach at the end of the esophagus. This tightened wrap treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by preventing stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus
  • Ovarian Cyst Resection: Removal of an ovarian cyst
  • Pyloric Stenosis Repair/Pyloromyotomy: Adjustment of an abnormally thick pyloric muscle to open the passage between the stomach and small intestine
  • Splenectomy: Removal of the spleen

Chest Procedures (Thoracoscopy)

  • Decortication: Removal of the surface membrane of an organ, often done to treat an infection
  • Extracorporeal Life Support/ECMO: Surgical establishment of heart and lung life support for fragile cardiopulmonary patients. The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has the busiest ECMO program in the Chicago area.
  • Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment/"Exit" Surgery: Removal of an airway obstruction, chest tumor, or neck mass on a fetus while it is coming out of the womb but before the umbilical cord is cut
  • Lung Biopsy: Removal of a tissue sample in the lung to determine diagnosis and treatment
  • Mediastinal Mass Biopsy: Removal of a tissue sample in the chest to determine diagnosis and treatment
  • Myasthenia Gravis/Thymectomy: Removal of the thymus gland to treat this neuromuscular disease that causes serious muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Pectus Excavatum/Nuss Procedure: Insertion of a bar into the chest to correct this concave deformity, known as "funnel chest." The bar is later removed

Trauma Procedures

Comer Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center providing comprehensive emergency care for acutely ill or injured children. Our pediatric surgeons are part of the team that responds for immediate treatment, including surgery, if necessary.