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Pediatric surgery

Pediatric surgery is a subspecialty of surgery pertaining to the surgical treatment for illnesses, injuries or diseases in children, from the newborn stage throughout adolescence and into young adulthood.

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Pediatric surgery in Nashville, Tennessee

Our pediatric surgery team is focused on ensuring your child's procedure and recovery go as smoothly as possible.

The children's surgery program at The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial is designed to specifically meet the unique needs of children. From presurgery hospital tours to our kid-friendly environment, our team will guide your whole family through the process and help your child remain comfortable.

Need a physician referral?

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

Pediatric conditions we treat

Our experienced pediatric surgeons can perform surgical procedures to treat a comprehensive range of conditions, including:

  • Adenoid gland infections
  • Bone fracture
  • Cancers
  • Complex foot, knee and hip deformities
  • Congenital abnormalities of the neck, chest and abdomen
  • Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Hypospadias and epispadias (urethral opening abnormalities)
  • Kidney stones
  • Nasolacrimal duct conditions
  • Retinopathy (retinal disease)
  • Scoliosis
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Tonsillitis (tonsil infection)

Our pediatric surgical care

From thoracic surgery to bone fracture repairs, our expert pediatric surgery team is focused on ensuring your child's procedure is safe and effective.

General pediatric surgery

You can trust our pediatric surgeons to provide advanced general surgery, including procedures using minimally invasive technology. General surgeries we offer include:

  • Cancer-related surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Nuss procedure for chest wall deformities
  • Surgery for congenital abnormalities of the neck, chest and abdomen
  • Thoracic surgery
Pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery

ENT conditions, such as earaches, are common in children. However, when your child's ENT condition gets worse, surgery may be the best option to treat it. Some procedures we offer include:

  • Tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy
  • Myringotomy (ear tubes)
Pediatric ophthalmology surgery

Eye conditions and injuries require an expert level of precision. We use leading-edge technology to perform the following:

  • Nasolacrimal duct surgery
  • Retinal surgery
  • Retinopathy of prematurity laser surgery
  • Strabismus surgery
Pediatric orthopedic surgery

When more conservative treatments are not effective at treating your child's orthopedic condition, they may be a candidate for one of the following procedures:

  • Bone fracture repair
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Surgery for complex foot, knee and hip deformities
Pediatric urologic surgery

Urologic conditions can impact many areas of your child's life. Treating them requires specific training, and we are equipped to provide surgery options, including:

  • Orchiopexy for undescended testicle
  • Kidney stone removal
  • Hypospadias/epispadias repair for abnormality in the urethra opening

Post-surgery care

Our pediatric unit provides care for infants and children up to 18 years old. Located on the third floor of The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, they offer 24/7 medical care by board-certified pediatric hospitalists, as well as nurses and other caregivers who are specifically trained to meet the unique needs of children.

The pediatric unit features:

  • Internet access
  • Kid-friendly games
  • Designated play and family waiting areas
  • Private rooms designed to promote an environment of healing
  • Sleeper sofas in every room for parents to comfortably stay with their child

In addition, the highly trained medical team in our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides specialized care and 24/7 monitoring for children needing extra attention after a complex surgery.

Child life services

We offer comprehensive child life services to help your child feel at ease before their procedure, including:

  • Coping plan assessment for parents to complete prior to appointment
  • Pre-surgery tour
  • Preparation video and book
  • Planned hospital admission checklist and items to bring to the hospital

To schedule a pre-surgery tour or to speak to a child life specialist, please email or call (615) 342-3296.

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