The pediatric surgery team at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provides high-quality, compassionate and family-centered care for infants, children and adolescents. The surgical staff is known for a wide range of expertise including, advanced minimally invasive surgery, childhood surgical oncology, consultations for fetal congenital anomalies, pediatric trauma, outpatient surgery, and the program for extra-corporeal life support (ECMO) for infants and children with life-threatening cardio-respiratory failure.

Highly skilled pediatric staff provide support to children - and their parents - having either inpatient or outpatient surgical or diagnostic procedures. We have tailored our pediatric surgery center to meet the unique needs of children before, during and after procedures.

The pediatric surgery center is dedicated solely to pediatric patients and is tailored to meet their unique needs. It has six operating rooms, four exam/treatment rooms and a recovery area (post-anesthesia care unit or PACU) where children can be monitored after anesthesia. The largest staff of pediatric anesthesiologists in the state devoted exclusively to the care of children work around-the-clock with pediatric surgeons with a range of special expertise. Parents are encouraged to be with their child before and after surgery or anesthesia.

Preparing for surgery

Surgical outpatient procedures include:

  • Repair of hernias, including inguinal, umbilical, epigastric
  • Repair of hydroceles
  • Repair of undescended testes
  • Circumcision
  • Excision of "lumps and bumps" in the head, neck and other areas of the body, including cysts, dermoids, pilomatrixomas, lipomas
  • Excisional biopsy of skin lesions in all areas of the body, including moles, nevi and lesions
  • Placement of vascular access devices (Broviac and porta cath devices)
  • Laparoscopic gall bladder removal

Surgical inpatient procedures include:

  • Repair of congenital malformations and abnormalities including esophageal atresia, all types of intestinal atresia, abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis and omphalocele), congenital lung masses, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and malrotation of the intestine
  • Treatment of surgical problems of premature infants such as necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Management of all aspects of pediatric trauma
  • Surgical removal of all types of tumors
  • Placement of gastrostomy tube
  • Emergency operations for acute life-threatening conditions such as intussusception and appendicitis
  • Complex head and neck surgery
  • Abdominal and chest cavity operations involving the intestine, liver, spleen, kidneys, chest and lungs
  • Treatment of pelvic disorders such as ovarian cysts and tumors
  • Separation of conjoined twins
  • Minimally invasive video-assisted surgery of all types

Minimally invasive surgery

Established in 2005, the Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provides effective surgical procedures in a manner that speeds recovery time, causes the patient less discomfort and shortens the hospital stay. These advanced procedures are carried out in a fully integrated operating room that offers the latest high definition imaging technology and instrumentation.

Fetal diagnosis and treatment

The pediatric surgical team collaborates with Maternal Fetal Medicine in caring for the baby while he/she is still in the mother's womb. Once a diagnosis is made or suspected by the Maternal Fetal Medicine team, pediatric surgeons and other relevant specialists counsel the parents and develop a coordinated plan of care.


Pediatric Surgery scheduling: 203-785-2701

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Pediatric Surgery, Yale School of Medicine