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Medical Procedures

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is the use of a machine to do the work that the heart and lungs normally do.

Gastrostomy Tube (G-Tube)

Some kids have medical problems that prevent them from being able to take adequate nutrition by mouth. A gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) delivers nutrition directly to the stomach.

Getting a Blood Test

Blood tests help doctors check how the body’s organs are working and see if medical treatments are helpful. Here's how they're done.

Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is a medical treatment that uses a machine with a special filter to take waste and extra water out of the blood.

Implanted Ports

An implanted port is a type of central line that goes up to a vein near the heart or just inside the heart. A child can get medicine, fluids, blood, or nutrition through one.

Intravenous Line (IV)

An intravenous line (IV) is a soft, flexible tube placed inside a vein, usually in the hand or arm. Doctors use them to give a person medicine or fluids.

Laryngoscopy

Laryngoscopy, a visual exam of the voicebox and airway, can help discover the causes of voice and breathing problems, throat or ear pain, and other bothersome symptoms.

Limb Lengthening Surgery: External Fixator

Limb lengthening surgery is done when someone has a leg length discrepancy (one leg is shorter than the other). Sometimes this is treated with an external fixator.

Limb Lengthening Surgery: Internal Lengthening Device

Limb lengthening surgery is done when someone has a leg length discrepancy (one leg is shorter than the other). Sometimes this is treated with an internal lengthening device (a rod with a magnet).

Meatoplasty

The treatment for meatal stenosis is a simple procedure to make the opening of the meatus bigger called a meatoplasty.