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Pediatric Surgery

If your child needs surgery, our pediatric surgical team will make sure your child's needs are met in a setting as comfortable as possible. We know that kids need a different kind of care, and that nothing is more important than the health of your child.

Your Child's Surgical Care

There's a reason that healthcare providers across Virginia refer their youngest patients here. We work closely with departments throughout UVA and practice minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy, thorascopy and endoscopy) whenever possible. Our surgeons are skilled in addressing all conditions in pediatric general surgery.

Conditions That Require Surgery

  • Genitourinary (disorders of the genitals)
  • Head and neck, including lymph node infections, tumors and enlargements
  • Hernias
  • Management of trauma and burns
  • Soft tissue and skin 
  • Transplant
  • Vascular malformations

Our Pediatric Surgery Team

All of our surgeons have advanced training in pediatric surgery and general surgery. In addition to surgeons, the pediatric care team includes:

  • Specialized nurses 
  • Child psychologists 
  • Social workers

We also make sure to take special care with anesthesiology and pain management for children.

Surgical Options For A Variety of Needs

Chest Wall Deformities 

Pectus excavatum (PE) is the most common structural deformity in the chest. Often referred to as funnel chest, PE appears as a depression in the chest and can cause breathing problems. Learn more about chest wall deformities and treatment options. 

Feeding Tube Placement

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube is a feeding tube surgically placed into the stomach. It helps your child take fluids, medicines and nutrition when they can’t take in enough by mouth. 

Chest & Abdomen Hernias

A congenital condition, these hernias occur when there's an opening in the diaphragm. This pushes some of the organs that are normally found in the abdomen to move up into the chest cavity.