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Pediatric surgery

Pediatric surgery is the surgical treatment of illnesses and other medical issues in children, from infancy throughout adolescence and into young adulthood. Oftentimes we are able to offer minimally invasive or robot-assisted procedures, such as endoscopy and laparoscopy.

Pediatric surgical care in Wichita

The experienced pediatric surgeons within the Wesley Care Physicians network understand the fear and apprehension that arise when a child needs surgery for an injury or medical condition.

That's why we are committed to easing those concerns while providing the compassionate, patient-focused care needed to deliver optimal outcomes. We serve children with known or suspected surgical diagnoses using the latest minimally invasive technology to treat a wide range of conditions. You may be referred to our clinic by your child's primary care physician or may follow up here after a hospital stay.

Pediatric surgical services we offer

Our general surgeons who specialize in pediatric care are skilled in treating the following conditions in children:

  • Acid reflux
  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Duodenal duplication
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal duplication
  • Fallopian tube cyst
  • Hirschsprung's
  • Imperforate anus
  • Intussusception
  • Meckel's diverticulum
  • Ovarian torsion
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Pulmonary sequestration
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Urachal remnant

Minimally invasive surgery procedures

New techniques are constantly developed using proven strategies from other established minimally invasive surgery procedures (MIS). We continue to work with producers of surgical instruments (including robotics) to invent new tools and improve old ones, making them safer and more reliable.

A minimally invasive approach exists for many, if not most, procedures. Situations where MIS is not possible, may include excision of extensive tumors such as neuroblastoma or the presence of scar tissue that prevents safe access to the chest or abdomen. However, even in severe internal scarring, an MIS approach may be possible and even preferable.

  • Adhesiolysis
  • Anti-reflux
  • Appendectomy
  • Crohn's, bowel resection
  • Dynamic compression brace
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair (umbilical, inguinal, epigastric, hiatal)
  • Ladd's procedure for malrotation
  • Lung biopsy
  • Nissen fundoplication (used to treat gerd/reflux)
  • Nuss procedure
  • Ovarian cyst/choledochal cyst repair
  • Splenectomy and splenic cystectomy

What to expect during your first visit

One of our medical office specialists will greet you and assist you with checking in and verifying that we have all the correct information for the patient. We want to make sure we are able to communicate with your family for future visits/communications.

Next, a nurse or medical assistant will greet the child and family and show them to our vital signs area where they will obtain your child's height, weight and vital signs. The nurse/medical assistant will then take the child and their family to an examination room to complete the check-in process which includes verifying the patient's medication list, allergies, hospitalizations, surgeries and obtaining a brief history as to the reason for referral to our clinic.

The surgeon will then discuss with you your child's medical history, records received and examine the child and discuss a treatment plan based on the patient's diagnosis or possible diagnosis. The average length of our surgery visits is around 30 minutes, depending on the complexity and reason for the visit.

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