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Quick Summary: Appendectomy (Laparoscopic)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. Surgeons remove the appendix when it gets blocked and becomes infected. A laparoscopic appendectomy lets surgeons remove the appendix with the help of a tiny video camera called a laparoscope.

Quick Summary: Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a heart defect in which there is an abnormal opening in the dividing wall between the upper filling chambers of the heart.

Quick Summary: Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant is a surgically placed device that helps a person with severe hearing loss hear sounds. Doctors consider cochlear implants for children under 12 months of age with profound hearing loss in both ears. Older children with serious hearing loss also may get cochlear implants.

Quick Summary: Ear Tube Surgery (Myringotomy)

A doctor might suggest ear tube surgery if a child gets many ear infections that don't clear up easily or the ear infections seem to be causing hearing loss or speech delay. Ear tube surgery can drain fluid from the middle ear, prevent future infections, and help the child hear properly again.

Quick Summary: How the Ears Work

The ears gather sounds from our environment and turn them into messages for the brain to decode. Learn more in this video about the ears.

Quick Summary: Hydrocele

A hydrocele (HI-dro-seel) is a pouch of fluid around the testicle inside the scrotum. Hydroceles are common in newborns, especially in premature babies. Older boys and men can get them too.

Quick Summary: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a problem that happens when the left side of a baby’s heart doesn't form as it should. It’s smaller than normal and can’t pump enough blood to the body. After the baby is born, doctors can treat the problem with medicines and several surgeries.

Quick Summary: Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture)

A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a medical test that involves collecting a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for examination. Doctors use the sample to look for signs of possible infections or other illnesses.

Quick Summary: Treating Indirect Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia happens when part of the intestines slips into the groin (where the belly meets the upper leg) instead of staying in the belly as it should. Doctors fix inguinal (IN-gwuh-nul) hernias with surgery.

Quick Summary: Treating Pilonidal Cysts (Gips Procedure)

A pilonidal cyst is a fluid-filled sac under the skin in the lower back, near the crease of the buttocks.