Pediatric General Surgery

Procedures

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 uses a variety of surgical procedures, including the latest minimally invasive techniques, to treat patients with common and complex surgical needs. Our team designs an individualized care plan for each patient’s condition and unique circumstance for the best possible treatment and recovery options.

Procedures

Appendectomy

A minimally invasive procedure to remove the appendix through three small incisions. 

Antegrade Colonic Enema (ACE)

A surgical procedure where a small opening is made in the patient's belly button or lower abdomen is used to produce a bowel movement by flushing a saline solution into the patient's colon. 

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Central Venous Port and Catheter Placement

A procedure to facilitate chemotherapy and blood sampling. Central venous lines make it possible for a child to be as comfortable as possible while receiving long-term intravenous care by avoiding the need for frequent “needle pricks.”

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

A procedure to remove the gallbladder, the organ that stores digestive fluid from the liver.

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Circumcision

A circumcision is a procedure to remove of some of the foreskin of the penis.

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Esophagoscopy

This procedure uses special viewing devices and instruments to diagnose and treat conditions of the esophagus and trachea.

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Excision of Skin Lesions

This procedure removes skin lesions, including lumps, sores, skin cancer and other abnormal areas.

Enteric Cyst Excision

This procedure removes a cystic duplication of the intestine (a congenital abnormality of the intestine).

Fundoplication

Fundoplication is a minimally invasive procedure where the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus to help prevent severe cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

Frenulectomy

Frenulectomy is a procedure to treat tongue tie (ankyloglossia), a condition that may cause feeding or speech difficulties.

Gastroschisis Repair

Gastroschisis repair is a procedure to correct a birth defect that causes internal organs to push outside of a baby’s body through an opening in the abdominal wall.

Hydrocele Repair

Hydrocelectomy repairs a hydrocele, a condition that causes the scrotum to swell with fluid.

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Lymph Node Biopsy

A biopsy is used to diagnose the cause of persistent lymph node enlargement.

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Pyloromyotomy

This procedure corrects pyloric stenosis, a thickening in the muscle at the end of the stomach which can prevent food from leaving the stomach, causing vomiting. Minimally invasive techniques and very small instruments open the muscle enough for babies to enjoy eating again.

Splenectomy

A splenectomy is an operation to remove the spleen, an organ located in the upper left side of the abdomen just behind the bottom of the rib cage.

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Splenic Cyst: Partial Excision

A partial excision of a splenic cyst involves a minimally invasive technique where three or four small incisions are made. There are many types of splenic cysts including simple cysts, post trauma and post infection. 

Splenopexy for a Wandering Spleen

A splenopexy is a laparoscopic technique to anchor the spleen in a retroperitoneal pocket, avoiding an open incision and any artificial patches.

Trauma Surgery

Specialized emergency operations for blunt trauma, penetrating injuries and burns.

Thoracoscopic Excision of Esophageal Duplication

This operation removes cystic lesions in the central portion of the chest cavity using a video scope and three small incisions on the chest wall.

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Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis

This operation uses minimally invasive techniques to treat hyperhidrosis, debilitating palm and/or feet sweating.

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Thoracoscopic Lung Resection

This operation uses minimally invasive techniques to remove portions of the lung using three small incisions.

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Thoracoscopic Treatment of Pneumothorax

This operation removes diseased areas of the lung often caused by a spontaneous collapse of the lung (pneumothorax). Pneumothorax is usually caused from a bubble on the surface of the lung that pops and leaks air.

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Wound Care

Our Pediatric Ambulatory Wound Service Clinic offers a specialty program dedicated to providing comprehensive, supportive pediatric wound care for children.

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