The Pediatric Difference

Your Partners for Specialized Pediatric Care

Mary Bridge Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgical Services offer a full range of operative and non-operative pediatric care, with coordinated services for even the youngest and most complex pediatric patients. Our highly trained pediatric general surgeons are experienced in performing a range of procedures, from a routine hernia repair to emergency surgery on a newborn baby to fix a life-threatening congenital disability. We also work with MultiCare Maternal Fetal Medicine to offer prenatal consultations for congenital conditions that may require surgery immediately after birth.

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Some of the most common surgeries we perform include:

  • Appendectomies
  • Emergency and trauma surgeries, including liver and spleen injuries
  • Feeding access procedures ("G-tubes")
  • Inguinal and umbilical hernia repair
  • Hydrocele repair
  • Repairing congenital defects in newborns, including Hirschsprung’s disease, lung abnormalities and uro-genital issues
  • Tumor removal and other surgeries related to cancer treatment
  • Wound/ostomy procedures
  • Lump and bump surgery (biopsies of common nodules or lymph nodes)

Our surgical team uses a cooperative approach to pediatric care, coordinating our services with other sub-specialties. Referring providers and families have the reassurance of a robust, experienced team at Mary Bridge ready to care for a child at any point in their surgical care. Our inpatient pediatric hospitalists, intensive care specialists, and neonatologists partner with our surgeons to provide on-site care 24 hours a day.

Cutting Edge Techniques for Your Child’s Surgery

Advances in instrumentation and expertise allow Mary Bridge to offer state-of-the-art surgical procedures. We are proud to provide excellent surgical outcomes through less invasive approaches.  

Minimally invasive surgical techniques result in smaller incisions, less pain, reduced scarring, and shorter hospital stays and recovery times for children. As a result, our young patients can resume their normal activities sooner and get back to the business of simply being a child. 

Our pediatric surgeons use minimally-invasive techniques with the following surgical procedures: 

  • Repair of pectus excavatum (Nuss procedure)
  • Laparoscopic gastrostomy tube
  • ​Laparoscopic appendectomies
  • ​Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic bowel resection
  • Laparoscopic fundoplication (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Thoracoscopic lung resection (for congenital anomalies and cancer)
  • Thoracoscopic treatment for empyema
  • Transanal repair of Hirschsprung's disease