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Pediatric Surgery

pediatric surgeon

When seeking the best surgeon for your child's care, it's important to look for surgeons who are specially trained in caring for children. This is because surgery for children is very different from surgery for adults. It's not only because children are smaller--but kids react differently to surgery and anesthesia. Treatments should be planned with each child's growth and development in mind.

Full Spectrum of Pediatric Surgical Care

Grace Mak, MD Grace Mak, MD

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our pediatric surgeons are specially trained in surgical care for children of all ages--from the tiniest newborns to teens and young adults. We have pediatric surgeons in every surgical subspecialty, from cardiac surgery and general surgery, to neurosurgery and transplant surgery. Often, a child's care may involve a team of pediatric experts from several surgical and medical specialties.

Our surgeons operate in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology. Here, our experts are leaders in pediatric minimally invasive surgery--an approach that speeds recovery, reduces pain and minimizes scarring, compared to traditional open surgical techniques.

Learn more about our pediatric surgical care:

Expert Care Before, During and After Surgery

Child life specialist and family A child life specialist (right) teaches a young girl about her care. Teaching sessions often include special dolls called "Shadow Buddies" that help kids better understand their illness and treatment.

Families can take comfort in knowing that our pediatric surgical team extends to include other highly trained pediatric physicians and critical care specialists, nurses, therapists and child life specialists. Our family-focused, child-centered care ensures that parents are fully involved in their child's care every step of the way. Each child receives one-on-one, age-appropriate preparation before and after surgery, which helps ease fears. Before a child leaves Comer Children's Hospital, our team makes sure families have the support and information needed to keep kids on the road to recovery.

Family-Friendly Accommodations

Whether your child will have outpatient surgery or needs to be admitted for a hospital stay, we're dedicated to making sure kids and families are comfortable. Parents can stay with their children before surgery in surgery preparation rooms. A spacious recovery area allows children to recover from surgery in a peaceful environment. Children who require acute care before or after surgery are monitored in one of three critical care units: the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).

Kids who stay overnight have large, private rooms that feature sleeping accommodations for parents, a flat-panel TV/computer, and private bathrooms with showers. Kids can order meals through room service. Play areas for patients and siblings are easily accessible on most floors. Additionally, the main playroom, Teen Room, Family Learning Center, and chapel are located on the ground floor. Families that require extended stays close to the hospital have access to a new, 22-room Ronald McDonald House nearby.



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See inside Comer Children's Hospital, learn about one girl's surgical care experience, and meet a surgeon and child life specialist in this video. »View larger

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