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Pediatric Surgery

The board-certified pediatric surgeons at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC and Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, NC provide surgical care for newborns, children, and adolescents. Our pediatric surgeons employ the latest in minimally invasive and one-stage techniques with expertise in neonatal and prenatal care, trauma and pediatric oncology.

Why Choose Pediatric Surgery at Carolinas HealthCare System

  • Pediatric surgeons are available 24 hours a day, working closely with the referring physician to ensure a continuum of care
  • The most established pediatric surgery program in the Charlotte region
  • Dedicated pediatric surgery nurse clinician who serve as a liaison between the physician and the family
  • Board certified pediatric anesthesiologists work closely with our pediatric surgeons before, during and after the procedure
  • Child Life Specialists are dedicated to the surgical area to help alleviate fears and to promote family-centered care

Conditions Diagnosed and Treated

Congenital birth defects
Birth defects are defined as abnormalities of structure, function, or body metabolism that are present at birth.

  • Billiary atresia
  • Cystic lung
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • Imperforate anus
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Megacolon
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)

Endoscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy
These procedures use medical instruments with cameras and mirrors to allow a thorough investigation of organs in the body. With these procedures, surgeons can perform minimally invasive pediatric surgery and avoid a large incision, minimize post-operative pain, and shorten recovery time compared to an open surgery.

  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy for ruptured appendix
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Decortication for empyema
  • Drainage of liver abscess
  • Fundoplication (Nissen procedure)
  • Lung biopsy
  • Omentectomy
  • Percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Proctectomy with pull through (Swenson procedure)
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Removal of one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Splenectomy

Pediatric surgery for hernia
A  hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place.

  • Diaphragmatic
  • Epigastric
  • Femoral
  • Hydrocele
  • Hiatus
  • Inguinal
  • Omphalocele
  • Umbilical
  • Ventral

Pediatric surgery of the digestive system
The digestive system includes organs that play a part in digestion, such as the liver and pancreas.

  • Appendectomy
  • Colectomy and colostomy
  • Correction of malrotation (Ladd procedure)
  • Closure of gastrocutaneous fistula
  • Dilation for esophageal atresia
  • Enterectomy and enterostomy
  • Esophagogastric fundoplication (Nissen procedure)
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Excision of Meckel's diverticulum
  • Fistulectomy/fistulotomy for anal fistula
  • Foreign body removal
  • Gastrostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision and drainage of perirectal and perianal abscesses
  • Jejunostomy
  • Portoenterostomy for biliary atresia (Kasai procedure)
  • Proctectomy with pull-through for congenital megacolon, Hirschprung's disease (Soave type operation)
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Reduction of intussusception
  • Reduction of volvulus
  • Repair imperforate anus
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair

Biopsy and excision of masses, tumors and cysts

  • Abdominal masses
  • Benign lesions
  • Branchial cleft cyst and sinus
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Malignant lesions
  • Melanoma
  • Musculoskeletal tumors

Pediatric surgery of the hemic and lymphatic systems
These systems are the secondary defense system for the body after the skin and mucosa.

  • Splenectomy
  • Drainage or lymph node abscess or lymphadenitis
  • Excision of cystic hygroma
  • Excision of lymph nodes


Pediatric surgery for the genitourinary system
Organ system made up of the reproductive organs and the urinary system

  • Circumcision
  • Excision of ovarian cyst
  • Excision of urachal cyst or sinus
  • Lysis of labial adhesions
  • Nephrectomy (removal of kidney)
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy
    • Ovarian torsion
    • Malignancy
  • Wilms' tumor

Vascular access and catheter insertion

  • Nutrition
  • Chemotherapy
  • Prematurity


Find more information about pediatric surgery including an overview of surgical services by calling 704-403-2662.

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