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Medical Procedures

Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)

An NG tube goes through the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach to deliver formula or medicine.

Pectus Excavatum: The Nuss Procedure

The Nuss procedure is a surgery to correct severe pectus excavatum. It’s considered "minimally invasive" because only a few small cuts are needed.

Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC Line)

A PICC line is like an IV line, but is much longer and can stay in place for longer periods.

Peritoneal Dialysis

This medical treatment helps people with kidney failure. It can be done at home, often overnight, to take over the kidneys' job of filtering blood.

Prenatal Test: Amniocentesis

This test takes a sample of the amniotic fluid. In the second trimester, it can show signs of chromosomal disorders, genetic problems, and neural tube defects. In the third trimester, it can check for infection and Rh incompatibility, and reveal if a baby's lungs are strong enough to breathe normally after birth.

Prenatal Test: Glucose Screening

Glucose screenings check for gestational diabetes, a short-term form of diabetes that some women develop during pregnancy.

Prenatal Test: Nonstress Test

This test checks to see if the baby responds normally to stimulation and is getting enough oxygen. It's done to check on the health of the fetus in a high-risk pregnancy or when the due date has passed.

Prenatal Test: Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS)

This quick test examines fetal blood directly from the umbilical cord. It's used to detect disorders in the fetus.

Radioembolization (TARE-Y90) for Liver Tumors

Radioembolization is a procedure used to treat some kinds of liver tumors. A radioactive material works on the tumor, not the healthy tissue around it.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Retinopathy of prematurity, which can happen in premature babies, causes abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina. Some children will need surgery to prevent vision loss or blindness.