When Grace was born, doctors found she had a blood disorder where her red cells are smaller and more fragile than normal.
The Surgical Care Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach cares for children from newborns to young adults, who need common or complex surgical treatments in a leading, state-of-the-art pediatric surgical center designed just for kids. Board-certified pediatric specialty surgeons and an expert surgical care team, are specially trained to care for children, because children’s surgical needs are different than that of adults.
Generally, children who need surgery in the torso area to treat conditions such as, hernias, undescended testicles, head and neck masses, non-cardiac thoracic problems, chest wall deformities and some cancerous tumors may be seen by a general pediatric surgeon. General pediatric surgeons at Miller Children’s perform leading minimally invasive surgeries, such as gall bladder removals and appendectomies, that can usually be done in an outpatient setting (children don’t need to spend the night).
Other surgical specialties done in Miller Children’s advanced surgical center include, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic, Neurosurgery and Urology. Working with in-house pediatric sub-specialists, that cover more than 30 specialties, allows Miller Children’s surgical care team to provide thorough, coordinated care for each child.
The surgical care team at Miller Children’s also has extensive experience in neonatal surgery, treating congenital defects in newborns and premature infants, including major vascular procedures. All pediatric surgeons work closely with anesthesiologists, to provide anesthesiology care, and ensure a child’s comfort needs are met. The Surgical Care Center at Miller Children’s also cares for injured children, who have been admitted through the trauma or emergency department.