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Pediatric SurgeryGeneral & Thoracic

Family-centered care, close to home

Pediatric Surgery at UTMB Health

At UTMB Health, we offer a dedicated staff skilled in a full range of pediatric surgery services. Our team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other caregivers are devoted to treating your child and supporting your family in a friendly, comfortable setting. We offer the expertise and resources of a major academic medical center, coupled with personal care and attention and a belief that patients and their families should be active members of the healthcare team. Our experts provide patients with the highest-quality healthcare and are committed to improving the quality of life for every child.

Our care and services range from routine procedures for appendicitis and hernia repairs to treatments for rare or complex conditions such as solid tumors, multiple congenital anomalies and anorectal malformations.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose UTMB for my child's surgery?

At UTMB, we understand the importance of a patient-centered approach, especially when it comes to your child's surgical care. Our highly experienced pediatric surgical team specializes in a wide range of procedures for children. Choosing UTMB means choosing a medical center that is not only equipped with advanced technology and expertise but also places a strong emphasis on providing a comfortable and reassuring patient experience. We recognize that having surgery close to home can bring a sense of familiarity and comfort, which is why we are committed to offering the best possible care in your community. Our surgeons are also skilled researchers and national experts in many areas, and practice evidence-based surgery to provide your child with the highest quality of care.

What support services are available for families during and after surgery?

We understand that the surgical journey can be a challenging time for both children and families. That's why we offer a comprehensive range of services to guide you every step of the way. Our child life specialists are here to help ease any anxiety your child may have before surgery by providing age-appropriate explanations and activities. Our social work teams are available to offer emotional support and assist you with practical concerns, such as coordinating appointments, providing resources for accommodations, and connecting you with community networks. From pre-operative preparation to post-operative care and recovery, we aim to ensure that you and your child feel well-informed, comfortable, and supported during this important time.

How is pain managed after the procedure?

We understand that your child's comfort is of utmost importance during their recovery. Our dedicated pain management team works closely with our pediatric surgeons to create tailored pain relief plans. These plans take into account your child's specific needs and medical history. We utilize a combination of safe and effective methods to manage pain, including medications, nerve blocks, and other advanced techniques. Our goal is to minimize any discomfort your child might experience, allowing them to recover as smoothly and comfortably as possible. Throughout the recovery process, our medical team will closely monitor your child's pain levels and make adjustments to the pain management plan as needed, ensuring their well-being at all times.

What can I expect from the care experience at UTMB?

At UTMB, our approach to pediatric surgical care is holistic and family-centered. We view you and your child as active partners in the decision-making process. The moment you arrive, you'll find a supportive environment where your concerns are heard, and your child's well-being is prioritized. Our team of specialists collaborates to ensure comprehensive care, and we aim to make your child's surgical journey as comfortable and reassuring as possible. From a child-friendly environment to clear communication throughout the process, we ensure that patients and caregivers are at the heart of every decision we make.

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