A pediatric surgeon specializes in the surgical care of diseases, injuries and deformities in premature and newborn infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric surgeons diagnose and treat many conditions affecting children, including birth defects, traumatic injuries, cancer, and abdominal problems, such as appendicitis and hernias.
A pediatric surgeon typically:
Evaluates the child’s medical history within the context of his or her growth and development. Pediatric surgeons determine if surgery is necessary and at what age a surgery should be done.
Educates children, parents and guardians about the surgical procedure, how to prepare a child for surgery, and what to expect during recovery based on the child’s age and development
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Performs exploratory surgeries and procedures, such as endoscopy and laparoscopy, to diagnose diseases and conditions
Treats various diseases and conditions by performing surgical procedures, such as appendectomy, bariatric surgery, intestinal transplant surgery, and fundoplication (anti-reflux surgery)
Provides care before, during and after surgery
Works closely with your child’s primary care doctor and other specialists and members of the healthcare team to provide optimal care
Pediatric surgeons may also be known by the following names: children's surgeon, child surgeon, surgeon for kids, pediatric general surgeon, and peds surgeon.
There are 1402 specialists practicing Pediatric Surgery in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 418 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Pediatric Surgery specialists, including Boston Children's Hospital, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital.