Pediatric General Surgery & Surgeons

Expert surgical care for infants, children and adolescents.

Nicklaus Children's has implemented safety enhancements and screenings for our pediatric surgery patients. Learn more by clicking on the video.

Dr. Perlyn explaining new safety protocols
Dr. Perlyn explaining new safety protocols

Important COVID-19 Information

With the safety of the public as its first priority, the state of Florida has approved resumption of elective surgeries at area hospitals and surgery centers. Nicklaus Children’s has activated and phased plan to safely resume elective procedures at its main hospital campus and at Nicklaus Children’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. For more information, please contact your child’s surgeon.

Parents want the very best for their children and work hard to make good choices on a young one’s behalf. When choosing a pediatric surgeon, look no further than the pediatric surgery specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, the region’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children.

The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital pediatric surgery team is among the most experienced in Florida, performing thousands of major and minor procedures annually. The team also provides consultation and care of pediatric surgical patients presenting in the hospital’s Emergency Department and pediatric trauma center. The practice also works together with the Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine to provide pre- and post-operative medical attention for patients in need of intensive care.

In addition, the hospital’s pediatric surgeons provide training for pediatric surgical fellows, medical students and medical residents.

All members of our team understand pain issues in children and are available to assist with pain management appropriately and as quickly as possible.

Comprehensive Programs and Services

The Department of General Pediatric Surgery, together with the other Nicklaus Children's Hospital surgical specialties perform thousands of pediatric surgical procedures per year.

Treatments and Procedures

The department offers the most up-to-date techniques for all types of surgery on newborns, children and adolescents. They provide care for a variety of conditions including but not limited to:

  • Complex neonatal congenital anomalies, including: esophageal and intestinal atresias, pulmonary and diaphragmatic anomalies, abdominal wall defects (onphalocele and gastroschisis), intestinal malrotation, genitourinary anomalies.
  • General pediatric surgery, including: pediatric inguinal hernias, hydroceles, umbilical hernias, undescended testicles (cryptochidism), lumps and bumps, circumcision, and laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
  • Thoracic surgery (conditions affecting the chest), including: resection of pulmonary anomalies, repair of pectus excavatum and carinatum, thoracoscopy for empyema, lung biopsies, wedge lung resections, and resection of mediastinal tumors.
  • Surgical oncology, including: diagnosis and surgical management of solid cancerous tumors and vascular access for chemotherapy of these patients.
  • Emergency surgical procedures, including: appendicitis, testicular torsion and trauma.
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures, including: laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, esophageal endoscopy and bronchial endoscopy.

Conditions We Treat

Up-To-Date Surgical Techniques and Medical Breakthroughs

The Department of Pediatric Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital has been involved in numerous regional medical breakthroughs.

The surgeons participated in the separation of conjoined twins in 2000, the first procedure of this type at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the only successful separation in the state of Florida. Our pediatric surgical team pioneered an innovative surgical treatment for pectus excavatum (sunken chest), becoming the lead team for this procedure in South Florida.

The surgeons have also been instrumental in new surgical procedures for the treatment of appendicitis which leaves no visible scar. The practice was recently ranked number one in the nation by Children’s Health Corporation of America (CHCA) in the care of appendicitis (the most common childhood emergency) among 40 participating children’s hospitals. The results from the study included both patient outcomes and hospital length of stay.

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Preparing the Patient and Family

In order to ensure that the child and family are well prepared for the surgical procedure, the pediatric surgery team recommends that all surgical patients participate in a presurgical orientation.

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Family-Centered Care

Nicklaus Children's Hospital's approach to pediatric care involves the patient and the patient’s family, the entire medical and nursing team, and an extensive support system including Child Life specialists, social workers, volunteers, "doctor" clowns, dog therapy volunteers, magicians, and more. These invaluable team members help to make the experience as pleasant as possible for all surgical patients and their families.

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pediatric surgical procedures performed each year
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Stories to Inspire

Caludell noticed that 6 of her 11 children had belly buttons that stuck out, and they seemed to become more pronounced around the time they entered kindergarten. When her daughters started to become self-concious about how their belly buttons looked, Claudell was able to schedule all 6 umbilical repair surgeries on the same day at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
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