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Your child deserves the best possible care. When it comes to your child’s surgery, we take each step seriously, from evaluation through follow-up. Our doctors are specially trained in pediatric surgical services to provide leading-edge treatments and surgical techniques that have proven results.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center

Our surgeons work closely with other experts in Seattle Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center. We offer both minimally invasive and traditional “open” surgical approaches to treat this disease.

Intestinal Care Program

The Intestinal Care Program is the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the few in the United States. Transplant and pediatric general surgeons work together with medical specialists to find the best treatment options for your child. Using diet, medicine and surgery when needed, our team helps to get the intestine working again and rehabilitate the bowel in children with intestinal failure. In addition, we have some of the best survival rates for treating certain types of intestinal atresia.

Read more about how Dr. Patrick Javid, a pediatric general surgeon, brings special expertise and knowledge from his research to better understand intestinal failure and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgery

More pediatric minimally invasive surgeries are performed at Seattle Children’s than at any other hospital in our region. However, minimally invasive surgery may not be the best treatment for your child’s condition. Because some of our pediatric surgeons are national leaders in using minimally invasive surgical techniques, we have the most expertise in assessing whether laparoscopic surgery,  robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, or thoracoscopy is best for your child.

Our world-class robotics program includes surgeons who have done more robot-assisted laparoscopies than anyone else in the world. This experience includes more than 400 robot-assisted laparoscopies for more than 40 different types of procedures. Our division is actively involved in researching the clinical outcomes for children who undergo robot-assisted surgery.

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Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine

We have the only pediatric reconstructive pelvic medicine clinic on the West Coast. Our experts from Pediatric Surgery, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Urology, Adolescent Medicine, Radiology and Pathology work as a team to diagnose and treat pelvic problems.

Bowel Management Treatment Program

If your child has trouble with bowel control because of a condition that affects their pelvic area, they may benefit from our one-week outpatient program. Our team meets with you and your child to make a plan you can follow at home to keep your child’s bowel clean and prevent accidents.

Surgery Pulmonary Follow-Up Clinic

Children who have had major chest surgery that might affect their lungs, including children who have congenital lung malformations or congenital diaphragmatic hernia, can benefit from long-term follow-up care. Along with giving each child care that’s tailored to them, our goal is to establish standards and guidelines to improve care for all children who need surgery pulmonary follow-up.

Surgical Oncology

The American College of Surgeons has named Seattle Children’s a center of excellence for surgical oncology. We are improving ways to remove cancerous tumors through less invasive methods, including minimally invasive surgery. We have one of the largest pediatric surgical reports in the medical literature describing our surgical outcomes using minimally invasive surgery.

During surgery, we also use imaging tools such as nuclear medicine and ultrasound to more safely and accurately identify and remove cancerous tumors.

We are also pioneering more accurate ways of identifying the stage of a child's cancer. By using techniques such as sentinel lymph node biopsy, we can better determine the best therapy for children who have skin cancers or soft tissue cancers. We are one of the few centers in the nation doing sentinel lymph node biopsy exclusively on children.

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