Why Choose Us?

Pediatric Surgical Expertise

The pediatric surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, have the specific expertise and knowledge to perform pediatric anesthesia and surgery on children of all ages. The physicians have years of experience that enables them to take appropriate measures should complications arise in either the operating room, recovery room or the ward.

Not only are our pediatric surgeons experts in the care of common conditions such as appendicitis or hernia repair, but our team is also renowned for treatment of more complex conditions such as neonatal congenital anomalieschildhood cancers, and traumas. We are also specialists in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The Pediatric Surgery Department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital also offers emergency and continuing care to pediatric patients who are admitted to the hospital through our children’s trauma center and emergency department. Our emergency rooms provide care for more than 80,000 children per year.

Pediatric patients recover from anesthesia and surgery in recovery rooms staffed by nurses, doctors and technicians who are uniquely knowledgeable and dedicated to pediatric surgery patients. Should a child require intensive care, our critical care units are staffed by board-certified intensivists who work hand-in-hand with the pediatric surgeons in charge of the child’s care.

Pain is a major concern for children and their parents. All members of our pediatric anesthesiology and surgery team are acutely aware of pain issues in children and are available to respond to and treat pain concerns appropriately, as quickly as possible.

Our intensive care units also feature Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for patients who are suffering from severe illness or infection. ECMO is a life-saving technique that mimics the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing an infant or child to rest while natural healing of the affected organs takes place. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the only pediatric care facility in the community to offer this unique ECMO service to its patients.

Our expertise in children allows for us to perform the majority of surgical procedures as same day surgery where the patient is sent home the same day to recover in a familiar setting. There are situations where the surgeon will decide to admit the child to the hospital overnight or as long as is necessary to provide the best care possible.

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’ clownsdog 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. 

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, and visit: Planning for your hospital stay.

Why is Nicklaus Children's the best hospital for my child?

Nicklaus Children's is the only hospital in South Florida dedicated entirely to the care of children, and is home to the only free-standing pediatric trauma center in Florida. No facility in the region performs more pediatric surgical procedures per year than Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's uses the latest technology and the most sophisticated equipment designed to meet the specific needs of children, from premature babies to high school quarterbacks. While many hospitals in South Florida claim to be “children’s hospitals,” these facilities in reality are general hospitals that offer limited children’s services. This could mean that they lack the facilities and experienced personnel necessary to provide the best possible treatment for a child. Children are not little adults. They have different needs and a different physiology. Even room temperature and surgical instrumentation must be adjusted according to the needs and size of each child.

Why should you insist on Nicklaus Children's Hospital?

No surgery is ever “routine.” Even a tonsillectomy can involve complications. And when you’re dealing with children, surgery performed at hospitals that do not make pediatrics the exclusive focus can put your child at risk. The fact is, no general surgeon, anesthesiologist, or hospital in South Florida can treat your child as effectively as Nicklaus Children's team. Insist on it! 

What is a pediatric surgeon?

Pediatric surgery is a recognized subspecialty that provides surgical care for children ranging from newborns to teens. Pediatric surgeons are required to complete an additional two years of pediatric-specific surgical training after achieving board certification in general surgery. These specialists have particular experience in the repair of birth defects, pediatric cancers and other disciplines.  Perhaps most of all, pediatric surgeons offer experience in caring for child victims of trauma, the number one killer of children in the United States.

What is a pediatric anesthesiologist?

Pediatric anesthesia is one of three recognized postgraduate subspecialties of anesthesia. It requires an additional year of special training with children beyond what is required for board certification in anesthesiology.