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Many children face surgery every year. Some operations are elective procedures, others are required procedures and, in some cases, surgery is an emergency response to an urgent medical condition.
The entire family should expect to go through four phases:
- Phase 1: Surgical diagnosis is made after medical tests and evaluations reveal a condition requiring surgery.
- Phase 2: The preoperative management phase lasts from the time surgery is decided to the point when the patient is brought to the operating room.
- Phase 3: The intraoperative care phase lasts from the time the patient enters the operating room to when the patient goes to the recovery room.
- Phase 4: The postoperative management phase lasts from entry to the recovery room until follow-up clinical evaluation.
UT Southwestern Medical Center hosts a robust division of pediatric surgery. Our skilled physicians use the latest surgical techniques to treat newborns, children, and adolescents and return them to a renewed state of health. Our caring staff provides even our smallest patients with an attentive, personalized approach to their medical treatment.
Our team includes specialists in:
- Bariatric weight loss surgery
- GI and abdominal surgery
- Pectus and chest wall anomalies
- Cardio-respiratory failure
- Oncology care
- Pediatric trauma
- Prenatal and postnatal care of congenital birth defects
- Vascular malformations
Our goal is to make the lives of children better through clinical care, prevention, and advocacy programs and to further new knowledge in pediatric surgery through research.