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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric General Surgery Services

Surgical Care Tailored to Each Child's Needs

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, our pediatric general surgeons devote their entire practice to the diagnosis and surgical treatment of children. Our experts combine their highly specialized surgical skills and insight into child behavior to provide excellent care to their young patients. They are advocates for children who can’t always describe what’s bothering them and may be scared about surgery.

Pediatric surgeons work with other child specialists who know your child well, such as general pediatricians and pediatric specialists, to make the best treatment decisions, including whether surgery is the best option.

Often, pediatric surgeons enter the picture following referral from one of a child’s other physicians. Pediatric general surgeons assess your child’s condition pre-operatively, perform surgery, and monitor them post-operatively for healing, pain management, and other issues that may arise.

Full Range of Treatment Options

Pediatric general surgeons treat a wide range of conditions through advanced and traditional methods. The latest surgical techniques make it possible to accomplish many procedures through minimally invasive methods that greatly benefit patients.

  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Tumor Removal/Cancer
  • Abdominal Abnormalities
  • Chest Abnormalities
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Trauma Injuries
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)

Caring for Kids of All Ages

Pediatric surgeons at Comer Children’s treat all young people -- big and small.

  • Neonatal Surgery: Performed on newborns, many of whom are ill or premature infants. Some procedures are performed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and are done to correct congenital malformations or to treat conditions related to abnormal gestational growth or low birth weight. On a routine basis, our surgeons use the latest minimally invasive surgery to successfully treat congenital anomalies in even the tiniest babies.
  • Surgery for Children and Teenagers: Performed on patients in the toddler stage up to adulthood. Surgeons performing procedures on these age groups understand children’s sensitivity to their body image, scarring, and how surgery will impact their developing bodies. For patients in this age range, good preparation and explanation about the surgery can help make all the difference in your child’s experience at the hospital.