Pediatric General Surgery

Conditions

We care for and treat infants, children and young adults with a wide range of common and rare conditions.

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s General Surgery team treats patients with a variety of common and complex surgical conditions and offers some of the latest minimally invasive techniques. Our team designs an individualized care plan for each patient’s condition and unique circumstance for the best possible treatment and recovery options.

Conditions

Chest Wall Deformity

Our Chest Wall Deformity program evaluates and treats children with common and complex chest wall deformities, including pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, slipping rib syndrome and congenital rib anomalies.

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  • Pectus Excavatum Repair / Nuss Procedure. The minimally invasive Nuss procedure involves three small incisions on the chest. A metal bar spanning the width of the chest is implanted under the sternum in the chest cavity. The bar lifts up the breastbone and corrects the deformity over time.

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Congenital Defects of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Abdominal Wall

Many conditions affect the gastrointestinal tract, including inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal bleeding and short bowel syndrome. Our surgical team works alongside our gastroenterology experts to treat patients with these conditions.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This operation relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, a group of conditions that result in inflammation of the small and large intestines. The two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Our CDH program addresses a condition that occurs when the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest) does not develop completely, causing a hole where abdominal organs can migrate into the chest. When that happens, it doesn’t leave enough space for the lungs to develop normally, making it hard for the baby to breathe.

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Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernia occurs in the groin region when soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal wall. There are several minimally invasive repair techniques, including eversion and intracorporeal suturing.

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Neck Masses

Enlarged lymph nodes and congenital abnormalities such as epidermoid cysts, thyroglossal duct cyst and branchial cleft cyst generally are addressed with an operation.

Neonatal Surgery

Our surgeons have specialized training addressing a variety of conditions present at birth, including anorectal malformations, lung lesions and tumors.

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Surgical Oncology

Our surgeons work closely with specialists in hematology, oncology and radiology, as well as bone marrow transplant services to offer comprehensive surgical care.

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Ovarian Masses

An operation on ovarian masses includes using minimally invasive techniques to remove large cysts and solid masses on the ovaries. Instruments 2 mm in diameter are used, which allows laparoscopic operations on even the smallest patients.

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Solid Tumors

Biopsy and removal of solid tumors includes lymphoma, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, hepatoblastoma and connective tissue sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma and thyroid carcinoma.

Umbilical Hernia

This type of hernia causes a hole under the belly button.

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Vascular Anomalies

The Vascular Anomalies program treats birthmarks and other conditions that affect the capillaries, veins, arteries and lymphatic system. Our surgeons work alongside other specialists at our hospital to provide comprehensive treatment at one location.

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