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When Your Child Has Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is a type of procedure done without the use of a large incision (cut).

Preventing Infections When Your Child Has Surgery (Video)

Learn how to prevent surgical site infections both before and after your child's surgery.

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: 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: Laryngoscopy

Laryngoscopy is when a doctor uses a special camera to look down the throat to see the voice box (larynx) and vocal cords.

Quick Summary: Treating Gastroschisis (Gastroschisis Silo)

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with the intestines, and sometimes other organs, sticking out through a hole in the belly wall near the umbilical cord. A gastroschisis silo allow the intestines to slowly move into the belly.

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 Tear-Duct Blockage (Tear Duct Massage)

Blocked tear ducts are a fairly common problem in infants. If your child has a blocked tear duct, your doctor may show you how to massage the eye several times a day at home for a few months. Massaging can help open the blockage.

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.