Information For Your Child's Surgical Condition

Pediatric surgery provides general and specialized surgical services for infants, children and adolescents. The surgical team has expertise in a wide range of treatment options and caring for the needs of children. An important part of their care involves ready access to laboratory, radiology and diagnostic services. The surgical team is supported by pediatric multispecialists in anesthesia, pain management, radiology, neonatology, emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy and child life. Pediatric surgeons collaborate with medical specialists in oncology, neonatology, critical care, trauma, radiology, pathology and gastrointestinal illnesses on a regular basis and with other medical specialists, as needed.

Pediatric surgeons are recognized as experts in a broad range of specialties, including minimally invasive surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, fetal diagnosis and treatment for congenital birth defects, pediatric trauma and surgical procedures for intestinal failure.

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital’s dedicated pediatric surgery center brings together more than 20 surgical specialties, as well as comprehensive pain management for infants to young adults, creating a more positive surgery experience for children while maintaining excellent surgical outcomes.

Surgical services include: 
  • Abdominal operations for gastroesophageal reflux, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, necrotizing enterocolitis, Meckel’s diverticulum, gall bladder removal, splenectomy, appendectomy and pull through for Hirschsprung’s disease 
  • Bedside silo placement for the management of gastroschisis 
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which provides heart and lung bypass for critically ill infants 
  • Head and neck surgery 
  • Operations for inguinal hernias and hydroceles, correction of undescended testicles, and other groin problems 
  • Placement of central venous access for critical care support, treatment of cancer or nutritional support 
  • Repair of severe newborn congenital malformations of the airway, respiratory, gastrointestinal and genital tracts 
  • Separation of conjoined twins 
  • Soft tissue conditions, lumps and bumps 
  • Surgical management of complex solid tumors (in tandem with a multidisciplinary oncology team) 
  • Surgical treatment and comprehensive care of major trauma 
  • Surgical treatment of pelvic disorders, including ovarian cysts and tumors 
  • Thoracic operations, including diaphragmatic repair, removal of lung cysts, treatment of empyema, recurrent pneumothorax, pectus excavatum, and lung biopsy 
  • Minimally invasive surgery for routine pediatric surgical conditions such as appendicitis, pyloric stenosis, undescended testes, empyema, etc. 
  • Advanced minimally invasive surgery with thoracoscopic and laparoscopic treatment of conditions, including tracheoesophageal fistula, intestinal atresia, Hirschsprung’s disease, congenital lung masses, abdominal and thoracic tumors, and many others

Patient appointments and referrals can be made by calling 203.785.2701. In addition, physicians can receive direct and rapid consultation by a pediatric specialist by calling our Pediatric Consultation Service Y Access Line, 888.964.4233.