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Surgery Department

Proud to Be Arkansas' Only Level I Children's Surgery Center

At Arkansas Children’s we understand that surgery can be frightening for you and your child. Our goal is to make your child’s visit as safe, convenient and as comfortable as possible. Our team of highly qualified surgeons take a family-centered approach to care, so you are informed of what to expect before, during and after surgery. Recognized by the American College of Surgeons, our Level I verification represents the highest level of recognition for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns and children.

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital: 501-364-4852 | Download Guide

Arkansas Children’s Northwest: 479-725-6877  | Download Guide

Conditions We Treat that Require Surgery

Our pediatric surgeons use their expertise to care for many conditions that may require surgery including:

  • Biliary: cholelithiasis, biliary dyskinesia, choledochal cyst
  • Chest: pectus carinatum & excavatum
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Gastrointestinal: appendicitis, intussusception, pyloric stenosis, malrotation, congenital anomalies of the GI tract from esophagus to anus, Gastroesophageal reflux, ingestion of foreign bodies (coins, batteries)
  • Genitourinary:  circumcision (including neonatal), undescended testes, testicular or scrotal masses, testicular torsion, ovarian torsion
  • Head and neck: dermoid cyst of the face or scalp, neck cysts (branchial cleft, thyroglossal duct), lymphadenopathy
  • Hernia: umbilical, epigastric, inguinal (including hydrocele)
  • Other Congenital: Hirschsprung disease, anorectal & cloaca malformations, cystic lung lesions, esophageal atresia, trachea-esophageal fistula, diaphragmatic hernia, gastroschisis, omphalocele, intestinal atresia, lymphatic malformation; prenatal consults
  • Skin and soft tissue: pilonidal disease, subcutaneous masses
  • Thoracic and abdominal tumors
  • Trauma
  • Tumors: kidney (Wilms), neuroblastoma, hepatic tumors/cysts, ovarian masses, abdominal and pelvic masses, lung and mediastinal masses

Minimally Invasive Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery

Often, laparoscopic surgery can be used for children. Laparoscopic surgery is any surgical procedure using a fiber optic device that lets the surgeon operate without the use of a large open incision. Instead, the surgeon makes several small cuts through which the instruments are passed. This type of minimally invasive pediatric surgery results in less bleeding, minimal scarring, and faster recovery. Minimally invasive procedures include appendectomy, pyloromyotomy, hernia repair, ovarian surgery, repair of pectus excavatum, and others as appropriate.

Surgical Team

Expert care is provided in Little Rock and Springdale by a skilled team of pediatric surgeons. In addition to the pediatric surgeon, the care team consists of a number of dedicated professionals that will help care for your child. Each member of the team has special training in pediatrics--whether they’re the surgeon, radiologist, nurse or anesthesiologist. 

Pediatric Surgical Programs

Pediatric surgeons at Arkansas Children’s specialize in the following areas:

  • General Surgery - manages all of the neonatal and pediatric surgical disorders in the ACH Surgery Clinic
  • Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery - provide care for burn scars, traumatically acquired wounds, craniofacial clefts and more
  • Cardiovascular Surgery – provides complete repair of congenital heart malformations
  • Otolaryngology (ENT) – surgical treatments address conditions including sinusitis, vascular lesions, swallowing and feeding disorders, airway and hearing disorders
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – provides full-spectrum of pediatric heart surgeries including complete repairs, palliative surgeries, and heart transplantation
  • Ambulatory Surgery - accommodates surgical, medical and diagnostic procedures which do not necessitate an inpatient admission
  • Neurosurgery - provides treatment and follow-up for surgical disorders of the nervous system, tumors, head injuries and more

Ongoing Pediatric Surgical Research at Arkansas Children's

Pediatric surgeons are not only highly trained surgeons but researchers as well. They are supported by the ACRI and work in conjunction with UAMS researchers. Our team is currently involved in many areas of research, which includes projects about:

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Surgeon-performed ultrasound
  • Reducing opioid usage in outpatient surgery