Learn more about Pediatric Surgery Specialists

A pediatric surgeon specializes in the surgical care of diseases, injuries and deformities in premature and newborn infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatric surgeons diagnose and treat many conditions affecting children, including birth defects, traumatic injuries, cancer, and abdominal problems, such as appendicitis and hernias.

A pediatric surgeon typically: 

  • Evaluates the child’s medical history within the context of his or her growth and development. Pediatric surgeons determine if surgery is necessary and at what age a surgery should be done.

  • Educates children, parents and guardians about the surgical procedure, how to prepare a child for surgery, and what to expect during recovery based on the child’s age and development

  • Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications

  • Performs exploratory surgeries and procedures, such as endoscopy and laparoscopy, to diagnose diseases and conditions

  • Treats various diseases and conditions by performing surgical procedures, such as appendectomy, bariatric surgery, intestinal transplant surgery, and fundoplication (anti-reflux surgery)

  • Provides care before, during and after surgery

  • Works closely with your child’s primary care doctor and other specialists and members of the healthcare team to provide optimal care

Pediatric surgeons may also be known by the following names: children's surgeon, child surgeon, surgeon for kids, pediatric general surgeon, and peds surgeon.

There are 27 specialists practicing Pediatric Surgery in Arizona with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 10 hospitals in Arizona with affiliated Pediatric Surgery specialists, including St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center, Banner Desert Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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