Pediatric General Surgery

Pediatric General Surgery

Pediatric General Surgery

Northwestern Medicine surgeon concintrating during pediatric general surgeryAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 gives you convenient access to pediatric general surgeons trained in the latest minimally-invasive techniques to help your child gain or return to a healthy, active life.

The general surgeons in the pediatric program have specialized training to treat newborns (neonatal surgery), infants, children and adolescents who need surgery on the head and neck, chest, abdomen and extremities. These pediatric surgeons perform thousands of surgeries annually, including:

  • Removal of cysts and tumors from the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis
  • Removal of head and neck masses
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Removal of breast masses
  • Correction of chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum)
  • Treatment for abdominal tumors, malformations of the gastrointestinal tract, hernias, undescended testes, circumcision
  • Correction of anal-rectal malformations
  • Removal of tumors and cysts of the female genital tract

Many of these procedures are carried out through minimally invasive techniques which can minimize scarring, lessen pain and lead to a speedier recovery for your child.

Most surgical procedures are performed at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and may require hospitalization in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or in the Pediatric Inpatient Unit.

However, many surgical procedures can be performed as an outpatient service. Services provided in the Pediatric Outpatient Center include:

  • Diagnostic services, such as lab testing and medical imaging
  • Minor procedures
  • Post-surgical exam and monitoring
  • Same-day surgery

Some minor surgeries can also be performed as part of the Same Day Surgery Program at Central DuPage Hospital. This option is offered to patients who meet specific surgical requirements and is a good option for parents or patients who become anxious while counting down the days until a surgery.

It includes an appointment in the morning to confirm that the patient is eligible for this surgical procedure. If so, the surgery is scheduled for the same day. The Same Day Surgery Program is offered every Friday and once a month on Thursdays at Central DuPage Hospital.

Multidisciplinary team approach

We understand that an integrated, evidence-based approach to care within a child-friendly environment leads to healthy results. That’s why the medical professionals on the pediatric general surgery team share a commitment to collaborative care so that your child gets an accurate diagnosis, improved pain management and prompt, effective treatment. This multidisciplinary team3 includes:

  • Lurie Children’s pediatric surgeons, board-certified in general and pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Child life specialists

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your infant, child or adolescent’s medical condition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 offers the kind of care every parent hopes for in a location that’s close to home, including:

  • A comprehensive range of nationally recognized specialty care
  • Convenient access to more than 150 pediatric specialists at Central Dupage Hospital, Delnor Hospital and the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center2
  • The latest advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies

In addition, the CDH Pediatric Emergency Department is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center.


All Northwestern Medical Group pediatricians are on the medical staffs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, as well as members of the teaching faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Related Resources

Pediatric Specialist Directory for Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital: Find a Pediatric specialist.

Legal Information
1

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2

The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

3

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.