Learn what to expect, and what to prepare for, when your child is scheduled for surgery at Children's.
When your child needs surgery, you need a healthcare facility dedicated to children, with experienced pediatric surgeons, advanced minimally invasive techniques, and a child-friendly atmosphere. At Children’s National Health System, our pediatric surgeons deliver excellent care with a compassionate touch. In addition, we are leaders in innovative and minimally invasive techniques to minimize pain and recovery time for children.
The Children’s National surgical team performs more pediatric surgeries than any other hospital in the Washington, DC, area. This high volume translates to a superior level of expertise for our team. We provide the full range of surgical procedures, from routine hernia operations to complex tumor removals.
Features of our general and thoracic surgery program include:
Our pediatric surgical specialists perform general surgical procedures for the full spectrum of childhood illnesses and injuries. We collaborate closely with physicians and surgeons in other departments. Procedures we perform include:
Patients who had surgery for gastrointestinal conditions receive ongoing medical management through our Bowel Management Program. In the program, physicians and nurse practitioners help children with care throughout their life to maintain healthy bowel function.
Our goal is to maximize the quality of our patients’ lives and ease the stress on families. Children’s National provides many family-centered services because we understand that when a child is ill, it affects the entire family.
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"Through the ups and downs and the uncertainty of what was to come, I asked questions. The surgical team was available to personally answer my questions."
Chief, Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery
A Alfred Chahine
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist
Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery
Vice President, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation Associate Surgeon-in-Chief
Elizabeth Leachman Dey
Surgeon and Co-Director, Children’s National Obesity Institute
Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care
Imagine the feeling of food stuck in your throat. For children with esophageal achalasia, that feeling is a constant truth: The muscles in the esophagus fail to function properly and the lower valve, or sphincter, of the esophagus controlling the flow of food into the stomach doesn’t relax enough to allow in food — causing a backup, heartburn, chest pain, and many other painful symptoms. For children, surgery is the best hope for permanent relief.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
We see children from around the Washington, DC, area, nation, and world who need the specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.
Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients.
We provide suggested treatments to complement top-notch medical education and experience.