From the most common to the most complex procedures, Beaumont Children's pediatric surgeons offer the most advanced care for the ones who matter most.

Pediatric surgery patients are cared for by dedicated surgical teams with board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons. Many surgeries are performed in the soothing, child-friendly environment of our Ghesquiere Family Center for Children's Surgery in Royal Oak, which features state-of-the-art operating rooms. The team includes skilled and compassionate board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists.

At Beaumont, we offer the latest surgical approaches including advanced minimally invasive procedures for all pediatric patients, even our smallest infants. Our pediatric intensive care unit in Royal Oak provides post-surgical care and is staffed around the clock by fellowship-trained pediatric intensivists.

From appendicitis to complex congenital anomalies, the multidisciplinary Beaumont Children's pediatric surgery team works in concert to provide the best possible care for children of all ages. Our team is keenly interested in providing the most cosmetically appealing and least invasive surgical option without compromising care.

Types of Pediatric Surgery and Operations

There are many surgical options available to treat pediatric conditions in newborns to adolescents. The types of operations performed by our experts in child surgery include, but are not limited to:

abdominal wall surgery - to treat a range of pediatric defects in the abdominal wall, including gastroschisis and omphalocele

airway and respiratory surgery - to treat airway and esophageal foreign bodies, congenital lobar emphysema and more

bowel surgery - to treat a range of bowel conditions in children, including inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)

cancer and tumor surgery - to treat and remove many common and uncommon pediatric cancers including liver tumors, Wilms' tumor, neuroblastoma and others

chest wall surgery - to treat deformities of the chest wall, including pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum

gastrointestinal surgery - to treat a range of pediatric gastroenterology conditions that may be congenital (acquired from birth) or acquired later in life, including those related to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder and pancreas

genitourinary surgery - to treat a range of pediatric conditions related to the urinary system and reproductive system

liver and biliary tract surgery - to treat a variety of pediatric conditions related to the liver and biliary tract, including biliary atresia, choledochal cyst and others

lymph node surgery - to treat conditions related to the lymph nodes, bean-shaped organs, found in the underarm, groin, neck, chest, and abdomen, that act as filters for the lymph fluid as it circulates through the body.

minimally invasive surgery - approaches such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy offered whenever possible and appropriate to minimize scarring and bring about the fastest possible recovery time by using incisions much smaller than those in standard approaches

neonatal surgery - surgery performed on newborns to correct numerous acquired or congenital conditions

ovary surgery - to treat various conditions of the ovaries, including ovarian tumors, cysts and torsion

spleen surgery - to treat many pediatric spleen conditions, including splenomegaly

thoracic surgery - to treat disorders of the airways, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall in children

trauma surgery - to treat victims of pediatric trauma with serious injuries, possibly including burns

vascular surgery - to treat pediatric conditions related to the blood vessels in the body (arteries, veins and capillaries)


Some of the specific conditions treated and procedures offered include:

  • airway and esophageal foreign bodies
  • anorectal malformation
  • abdominal wall defects(gastroenteritis, omphalocele)
  • atresias of the intestine
  • biliary atresia
  • bronchogenic cysts
  • chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum)
  • congenital lobar emphysema
  • Chait tubes or Malone procedures
  • empyema
  • esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula
  • esophageal strictures
  • gallbladder disease
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease and fundoplication
  • hernias of all types
  • hereditary spherocytosis
  • Hirschsprung's disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease /ulcerative colitis)
  • intussusception
  • liver tumors (hepatoblastoma,hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • malrotation and volvulus
  • Meckel's diverticulum
  • necrotizing enterocolitis
  • neuroblastoma
  • ovarian pathology (torsion, tumors, cysts)
  • patent ductus arteriosus
  • pyloric stenosis
  • sarcomas (osteo / ewing)
  • spleen problems and splenomegaly
  • teratomas
  • hypothyroidism
  • thyroglossal duct remnants
  • trauma
  • undescended testis
  • vascular malformations
  • Wilms' tumor