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The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) takes great pride in the pediatric surgical services it is able to offer our community.

CHAM_Endocrinology_Pt_2011_07_056_316x210As one of the few full-service pediatric surgical departments in the area, we are here to treat each patient as an individual, and we come up with unique treatment plans for each child we see. We know that surgical treatments do not just affect children; they are a family event. As such, we take a family-centered approach for each child that we treat in hope of preparing the entire household for hospitalization and surgery and minimizing stress during recovery.  

CHAM treats a variety of conditions, ranging from common childhood ailments to unique conditions that call upon our surgeons’ specialties. We see children from the start to finish of our procedures, and we welcome patients at any stage of the surgical timeline—evaluation, testing, consultation and treatment.  

SERVICE

Minimally Invasive Surgery

We treat a variety of conditions requiring minimally invasive surgery. Some of these include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ovarian Tumors
  • Splenectomy
  • Thoracic/mediastinal surgery
  • Nissen Fundoplication

Day Surgery

With today’s technological advancements, over half of surgeries that used to require overnight stays are now outpatient procedures and your child can be expected to return home after treatment.

These procedures include: 

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Abdominal wall Hernias
  • Small tumor excision
  • Central venous access

Neonatal Surgery

CHAM’s general surgery team works with the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Neonatal Division at Montefiore to provide the best care for your child, from pregnancy through birth, and are able to provide prenatal consultation and advice.

 

Our team offers internationally renowned expertise in managing extremely premature infants and full term babies with congenital defects like esophageal atresia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, gastroschisis, and more. 

High Risk Surgery and Critical Care

Our surgeons help treat patients in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit. Caring for children with complex illnesses requires the best specialists for comprehensive care, and CHAM is proud to provide this for our patients. By working with consulting physicians and pediatric intensivists, we are able to deliver pre- and post-operative services, as well as treatment. Services include trauma management and organ failures like acute renal failure or acute respiratory failure with the only pediatric hemodialysis center in NYC and a dedicated pediatric ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) team to sustain oxygenation of your newborn when lungs should recover or grow.

Oncologic Surgery

We offer patients the full spectrum of treatment for tumors. Together with internationally renowned leaders in pediatric oncology, provide the best standard of care and the best opportunity to get your child the most advanced care and established protocols from the National Children’s Oncology Group. We see patients referred for consultation, biopsy, primary resection, and follow-up and adjuvant care of solid tumors. All cases are discussed with our partners at the weekly tumor board. Our surgical practices are state-of-the-art, due to the involvement of all surgical subspecialties including cardiothoracic surgery and leaders from the National Cancer Institute.  

Gastrointestinal Surgery

Under the leadership of a pioneer in management of pediatric gastro intestinal diseases, our division offers the best and most innovative treatments and provide care for both acquired and congenital gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. We collaborate with pediatric gastroenterologists, which allows us to offer very specialized care for our patients in Hirschsprung’s disease, short bowel syndrome or intestinal failure, inflammatory bowel disease, and other special conditions like nutritional support and nutritional access for malnutrition, feeding resistance, etc.

 

Our experts manage infants and children with short-gut syndromes by working with our gastroenterology colleagues to provide intestinal rehabilitation on a long-term basis to let those patients achieve more GI independence, minimizing the need for intravenous nutrition.

Hepatobiliary Surgery

Hepatobiliary surgery includes a broad range of treatments of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder. Likewise, CHAM offers a range of treatments for congenital abnormalities and tumors including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), liver resection, hepatobiliary reconstruction, and liver transplantation. CHAM’s surgeons offer evaluation and management of virtually every hepatobiliary complication, and our team includes experts in pediatric liver disease.

Some common conditions include:

  • Biliary atresia
  • Choledochal cysts
  • Liver tumors, hepatoblastoma, hepatocarcinoma
  • Metabolic disease

In liver diseases, our team is one the few pediatric surgery teams able to offer a continuum of care from the onset of the disease to the ultimate treatment when a transplantation will be the only option for your child.

Chest Wall Deformity Surgery

Older children and adolescents with chest wall deformities, including pectus excavatum (funnel  chest) and pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) are evaluated and offered the latest in minimally invasive reconstructive surgery in cases where more conservative management is ineffective.

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

CHAM’s adolescent bariatric surgery program provides comprehensive and integrative care for young adults whose weight is affecting their health. Our program treats patients 16- to 21-years-old to reduce the size of their stomachs and promote weight loss.