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General and Thoracic Surgery

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Having Surgery?

Learn what to expect, and what to prepare for, when your child is scheduled for surgery at Children's.

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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 Hospital, 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.

Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National: Why Choose Us

The Children’s National surgical team performs more pediatric surgeries than any other hospital in the Washington, D.C., 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:

  • Level 1 Surgery Verification. We have attained Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons, a distinction that recognizes surgery centers that have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.
  • Pediatric specialists. We are the only hospital in the region dedicated exclusively to children. Each of our pediatric surgeons is board-certified in general surgery and in pediatric surgery. We also are the only hospital to guarantee 24/7 access to a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist who will manage your child’s anesthesia and pain management needs. 
  • Commitment to minimally invasive procedures. We strive to use the least invasive approach possible for your child. We perform advanced minimally invasive procedures for children of all ages, including newborns. Learn more about minimally invasive surgery and neonatal laparoscopic surgery
  • Advanced techniques. We use the most sophisticated surgical technology available. For example, Augmented Reality Surgery combines laparoscopy (a minimally invasive approach) with ultrasound. Fusing the images together, we can see the organs in real-time, including structures and abnormalities below the surface. This leads to a more effective, precise surgery for your child.
  • Personalized care plan. Each child is different and requires a treatment plan tailored to his or her needs. Before the procedure, we will discuss with you in detail about what to expect during the operation and what the recovery period will be like for your child. 
  • Collaborative care. We work closely with the anesthesiologist and the physicians in our intensive care units (ICU), including the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We ensure that your child is receiving the most comprehensive care possible. 
  • Dedication to research. We are actively involved in pediatric surgery research. Our team investigates the latest devices and techniques for pediatric surgery that will create a more effective, less invasive surgical experience. Learn more about the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
When Maisie was born, she was transported to Children’s National with an esophageal atresia that would ultimately require three surgeries and an extended stay at the hospital. Watch this video to learn how experts at Children’s managed her complex case.

Surgery for Children at Children’s National: Procedures We Perform

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:

  • Chest wall defects surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Minimally-invasive procedures
  • Neonatal laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgical endoscopy
  • Thoracoscopic surgery

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.

Surgery for Children: Family Resources 

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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Scheduling Surgery Follow-Up Appointments Online

If your child is an existing patient, you can schedule his or her appointments online through the MyChildrensNational patient portal. Please note that new patients must call to schedule their initial visit. For more information about online appointment scheduling, please contact your care team. Access the patient portal.

Nick's Story


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When Nick Cornelius passed his pediatrician’s two-year-old well-child check-up with flying colors, his parents were thrilled. Probably even more thrilled than typical first-time toddler parents, because Nick’s life up to that point had been anything but typical. Nick's Story

General and Thoracic Surgery Team