Pediatric Surgical Services

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Dayton Children’s provides specialized surgical services to infants, children, teens and young adults. More than 12,000 surgeries are performed annually, ranging from outpatient procedures such as ear tubes to surgeries that require a hospital stay.

The surgical team comprised of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses are specially trained to meet the surgical needs and concerns of children. The majority—nearly 90 percent—of our surgeries are outpatient, so kids go home the same day, enabling them to rest and heal in the comfort of their home.

Our surgeons are experienced in performing minimally invasive surgeries which offer many benefits including faster healing, less pain, less scarring and quicker recovery. Using the most advanced laproscopic equipment, this type of surgery is available to treat many conditions.

Services We Offer

A full range of pediatric inpatient and outpatient procedures that include, but are not limited to:

  • Dental
  • Ear-Nose-Throat
  • Endoscopy
  • Eye surgery
  • Gastro-intestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pulmonary
  • Urology

Why is a pediatric surgeon necessary for my child?
The Dayton Children's difference

Our vital statistics offers a breakdown of the number of surgeries performed each year by specialty. 

Meet Our Patients

See some of our patient stories which will further acquaint you with our surgical services and our expert care:

  • Meet Shirray Burnside who at the age of 16 underwent spinal surgery to correct scoliosis.
  • Meet Owen Sanford who underwent skin grafting surgery after a treadmill accident that left him with a significant friction burn.
  • Meet Alexa Fisher who required the expertise of our pediatric anesthesiologists.

Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Surgery can be scary for kids and stressful for you.  To help you and your child prepare, Dayton Children's offers the following: 

  • Pediatric presurgery clinic.  Before surgery your child will need to have an evaluation, including a physical examination.  This can be provided by your child's doctor, or you can bring your child to our presurgery clinic for a physical performed by a nurse practitioner and a chance to review all presurgery directions specific to your child's surgery.  The clinic is from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday and Tuesday. Call 937-641-3477 to make an appointment

  • Just for Kids presurgery tours of the day surgery area are available.  You will find these tours help you and your child relieve your anxiety and offer an opportunity to get answers to your questions.  On the tour, you will see our outpatient pediatric surgery unit offers single rooms for you and your child before and after surgery.  Call 937-641-3476 for more information on the tours.

  • A pediatric surgery information guide to help you prepare for surgery, talk with your child about surgery, and know what to expect after surgery. 

Meet Our Team

 Medical director: Laurence Kleiner, MD
Anesthesia medical director: Del T. Kirkpatrick, MD




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