Pediatric Surgery

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Multidisciplinary Surgical Specialty Care at Valley Children’s

Board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons at Valley Children’s provide surgical expertise for all types of congenital or acquired health conditions in children of all ages, from before birth to young adult. Our multidisciplinary, pediatric-trained surgical team performs over 3,500 surgeries every year, providing expert diagnostic and advanced surgical techniques for general or specialized surgery. Our team reviews each case and develops individualized care paths for very personalized care.

Valley Children’s is a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, as designated by the Central California Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) Agency. It is the only pediatric trauma center in Central California. Critically injured children can be transported directly to Valley Children’s Hospital, ensuring they receive the expert pediatric care they deserve as quickly as possible.

Intensive Care Support for Surgical Patients

For patients who require intensive care support, Valley Children’s Hospital offers both a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) that provides 24/7 coverage by pediatric intensivists, board certified in pediatric critical care, and a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care - the highest level of care available for neonates and infants between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Expertise in Surgical Oncology

As part of the multidisciplinary cancer team, our surgical specialists work in partnership with the pediatric oncology and hematology experts at The Cancer and Blood Diseases Center at Valley Children’s. As one of the leading pediatric cancer facilities on the West Coast and the only provider of pediatric oncology services between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, the center includes the convenience of an outpatient center for many treatments and a fully-equipped, 36-bed inpatient unit, Starship Craycroft. Our surgical teams participate in the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) and Children’s Oncology Group (COG) treatment protocols for the highest standards of care.

Minimally Invasive Approach for Improved Outcomes

Our surgeons use minimally invasive, or laparoscopic or thoracoscopic techniques, whenever medically appropriate, including:

  • Thoracic - Lung resection for various conditions including cysts and masses
  • Bullectomy for pneumothorax
  • Drainage/Decortication for empyema 
  • Mediastinal/chest lesions including congential bronchopulmonary cysts and foregut duplication cysts
  • Diaphragm conditions including diaphragmatic hernia and eventration
  • Pectus conditions


  • Fundoplication for reflux
  • Diaphragmatic/Hiatal hernia repair
  • Feeding tube placement including gastrostomy tubes
  • Liver lesion excision/biopsy
  • Splenectomy(total or partial) for various conditions
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Meckel’s Diverticulum
  • Appendicitis
  • Colon resection for various conditions
  • Assisted pull-through for anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung Disease
  • Resection other intra-abdominal cysts and masses
  • Other bowel conditions

Often, our surgical patients experience shorter lengths of stay in the hospital due to these less invasive procedures. Other benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Improved healing
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Less blood loss
  • Improved cosmetic result

Center for Bloodless Medicine Minimizes Need for Blood Transfusions

For families wishing to avoid the use of donor blood during procedures, we are the only free-standing children’s hospital in the Western United States with a bloodless program. Our Center for Bloodless Medicine focuses on minimizing a patient’s blood loss before, during and after treatment and minimizing the need for blood transfusions. Nearly 400 children, with about 900 visits, are treated annually in the bloodless program.



Patient Stories


Pediatric Surgery Expertise Helps Jaxon March to the Beat of His Own Drum

“Do you remember your drum stomach?” David Lemons asked his 8-year-old son, Jaxon, who nodded and tapped his now normal (and silent) abdomen. “He was always bloated,” said David, pointing to a picture of Jaxon at age 4 with a severely distended stomach.

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Simple Precautions Can Make a Big Difference in Kids' Safety

Op-ed by Michael Allshouse, DO; Medical Director, Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at Valley Children’s ...