Surgery

Our program is made up of Maine’s only pediatric surgery program with board-certified, fellowship-trained subspecialists. We perform procedures ranging from routine to the most cutting edge, including minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen, neonatal (newborn) surgery, and gastric and intestinal surgery and, offer expert capabilities in vascular access surgery.

Conditions, Diagnosis & Treatment

Learn more about conditions we treat, diagnosis and treatment options we offer.

Conditions

As pediatric surgeons, we provide surgical intervention for a range of conditions affecting newborns, children, adolescents and teenagers, including:

  • Abnormalities of the chest wall and lungs
  • Abnormalities of the liver, spleen, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines
  • Acute appendicitis
  • Congenital malformations
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Head and neck cysts and masses
  • Hernias
  • Hydrocele (a fluid-filled sac surrounding a testicle)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Pediatric cancers and benign tumors
  • Skin lesions
  • Trauma
  • Undescended testes

Diagnosis

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging from Maine’s only team of pediatric radiologists
  • Complete laboratory testing capabilities
  • Bronchoscopy to view the airways
  • Thoracoscopy to visually examine the pleura, lungs and mediastinum

Treatment

Our pediatric surgeons perform a wide range of surgical procedures, and they are well-known for their expertise in minimally invasive techniques. Among the most common procedures they perform are:

  • Appendix removal (appendectomy)
  • Central venous line placement/removal
  • Circumcision
  • Colostomy
  • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
  • Gastrostomy (feeding tube) placement
  • Hernia repair (repaired open or laparoscopically)
  • Hydrocele repair
  • Intestinal resection (removal of a portion of the intestines)
  • Kidney removal (nephrectomy)
  • Liver biopsy and resection
  • Lung biopsy and resection
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Oophoropexy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Pectus repair
  • Pull-through for imperforate anus
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Spleen removal (splenectomy)