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Surgical Conditions

22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome)

22q11.2 deletion syndrome (also called DiGeorge Syndrome) is a genetic condition that can cause a variety of physical and behavioral problems.

Adenoids and Adenoidectomy

Adenoids trap germs, so sometimes they swell while fighting an infection. If they get infected, tonsils and adenoids might be removed in a surgery at the same time.


Anotia is when a baby’s ear doesn’t form normally, so the baby is born with the outer part of their ear missing.

Antegrade Continence Enema (ACE)

An antegrade continence enema, or ACE, is a different way to give an enema. Enemas can help someone poop if they become constipated or have another problem moving their bowels.

Atrioventricular Canal Defect

An atrioventricular canal defect (AV canal) is a heart problem in which the center of a baby's heart does not form normally before birth.

Aural Atresia

Aural atresia is a condition that happens before birth in which a baby’s ear canal doesn’t form. It causes hearing loss, but treatments can help most children hear better.

Basilar Invagination

Basilar invagination is when the top of the spine pushes up into the base of the skull. It causes pinching and pressing on the brain stem.


You have a decision to make before you take your newborn son home: whether to circumcise him. Before deciding, talk to your doctor and consider the issues.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip is when a baby's lip doesn't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids can have surgery to repair one early in life.

Cleft Palate

A cleft palate is when a baby is born with a cleft (gap) in the roof of the mouth. Most kids can have surgery to repair them early in life.