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Pediatric Surgery

The Pediatric Surgery service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the complete spectrum of general and thoracic pediatric and neonatal surgical services.
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A preschool boy stands in the grass beside a country road, clinging to the fence.

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Overview

The Pediatric Surgery service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the complete spectrum of general and thoracic pediatric and neonatal surgical services, including the evaluation and treatment of:

  • Abdominal and thoracic problems
  • Pediatric hernias
  • Newborn and pediatric congenital anomalies
  • Skin lesions that may require surgical excision
  • Airway and chest disorders requiring complex surgical reconstruction or support with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Minimally invasive pediatric surgery
The Pediatric Surgery service also provides all pediatric surgical trauma services as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, and simple and complex burn care at the Shriners Hospitals for Children–Boston.

Research

The Department of Pediatric Surgery has an extensive program in basic research. Areas of focus include:

  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Respiratory failure
  • The development of fetal inhibitors as anti-cancer agents
  • Intersex abnormalities and sexual differentiation
  • General fetal and embryologic development
  • Development of the intestine and the study of intestinal motility disorders, such as Hirschsprung's disease
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • Stem cell biology

Grinning parents play with a giggly toddler sitting in his mother's lapIt was like watching a well-oiled machine. We were updated constantly and never felt like we were in the dark. Their attention to detail is amazing and they stayed the course the whole way through. You would think it’s VIP treatment, but really, it’s what they do for everyone.

Garret McAlpine,
father of Pediatric Surgery patient Greyson

Patient Resources

Inguinal Hernia and Hydrocele Repair

Inguinal Hernia and Hydrocele Repair

What you need to know about inguinal hernia and hydrocele repair.

Pilonidal Cyst

Pilonidal Cyst

Learn the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatments for pilonidal cysts.

Bowel Management Program (PDF)

Bowel Management Program (PDF)

The Bowel Management Program is a specialty outpatient program at MGHfC.


Getting Your Child Ready for Surgery

These videos and PDFs give you age-appropriate advice for getting your child ready for surgery.

Infants (PDF)

Infants (PDF)

Getting your baby ready for surgery.

Toddlers (PDF)

Toddlers (PDF)

Getting your toddler ready for surgery.

Preschoolers (PDF)

Preschoolers (PDF)

Getting your preschooler ready for surgery.

School-Aged Children (PDF)

School-Aged Children (PDF)

Getting your school-aged child ready for surgery.

Teens (PDF)

Teens (PDF)

Getting your teen ready for surgery.

What to Expect for Surgery (under 15)

What to Expect for Surgery (under 15)

Preparing for your child's surgery, for patients aged 15 and under.

Where to Check in for Surgery (16+)

Where to Check in for Surgery (16+)

Where to check in on the day of your child's surgery, for patients aged 16 and older.



Partners Healthcare Patient Gateway

Secure, convenient online access to your child's health information and appointments whenever you need it.