Pediatric Surgery Programs

The pediatric surgeons with Norton Children’s Surgery are skilled in a wide variety of pediatric surgical procedures. From congenital issues to trauma, our surgeons’ expertise ranges from common procedures such as appendectomies and hernia repairs to management of complex diseases in babies and children.

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our minimally invasive pediatric surgery program offers benefits, including the potential for less surgical trauma (smaller incisions), less pain and a shorter recovery period for children and families.

Our surgeons are experienced in the most up-to-date advanced laparoscopic, endoscopic and thoracoscopic techniques for a variety of disease treatments.

Chest Deformities

We offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical therapies for chest deformities, such as pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum. These include surgical and minimally invasive repairs, as well as bracing.

ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)

ECMO is a potentially lifesaving advanced therapy for some infants and children with heart or lung disease that doesn’t respond to conventional treatment. We work closely with our neonatologists to determine which children would benefit from this therapy and support them through their illness.

All of our surgeons have experience with this therapy, and several have additional training specifically in management of ECMO.

Fetal Diagnosis and Care

Our surgeons work closely with obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to care for pregnant patients carrying babies who have been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery. We provide prenatal counseling to discuss expectations for the child after delivery.

Our physicians have multidisciplinary fetal board meetings where they discuss complex cases and ensure that both the child and mother are receiving optimal care. Expectant parents are welcome to attend these meetings to talk to our team and tour the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Neonatal Surgery

Norton Children’s Hospital has the largest Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Kentucky. Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital has an advanced Level III NICU. We have the skills and equipment to provide high-quality care to the tiniest patients.

Our team works with board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists who offer the right types of sedation in correct amounts to make sure each child is comfortable and safe during a test, procedure or operation. Children cared for by board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists have a lower risk of complications compared with children cared for by a typical anesthesia care team.

From the smallest premature infants who need surgery for bowel perforations or necrotizing enterocolitis to full-term babies with conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernias, anorectal malformations, abdominal wall defects, Hirschsprung disease, gastroschisis, omphalocele, intestinal atresia and esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula, we work closely with neonatologists to provide quality care.

Oncologic Surgery

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Our specialists are experienced at treating pediatric solid tumors such as neuroblastoma, renal tumors, hepatoblastoma, lung tumors and sarcomas.

We work closely with medical oncologists to provide surgical care for children with other malignancies, such as lymphoma and leukemia.

We participate in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), which is a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group and the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 9,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in the fight childhood cancer.

Our multidisciplinary tumor board, including surgeons, meets twice a month to discuss patient cases and ensure that all patients are getting the benefit of input from all specialties.

Trauma Surgery

Norton Children’s Hospital is the only Pediatric Trauma Center in Louisville or Southern Indiana to receive the highest possible designation – Level I – from the American College of Surgeons. That means we are uniquely equipped to care for the most severely injured children. Our surgeons care for children injured by falls, motor vehicle crashes, gunshots, sports and more.

Why Choose Norton Children’s Surgery

  • The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians at Norton Children’s Surgery perform common procedures, such as appendectomies and hernia repairs, along with complex surgeries in children ranging from the tiniest babies to young adults.
  • Norton Children’s Surgery specialists care for injured children as part of the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.
  • Our pediatric surgeons see patients at the Novak Center for Children’s Health in downtown Louisville and perform surgery at Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews and Norton Children’s Medical Center on the campus of Norton Brownsboro Hospital.
  • Performing about 4,500 procedures a year, our surgeons have deep experience in a broad range of treatments.
  • Norton Children’s Hospital is the only verified Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program in Kentucky or Southern Indiana.
  • Our specialists are at the forefront of minimally invasive pediatric surgery techniques that allow for less anesthesia during the procedure, less pain and a faster recovery.
  • Our team works with board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists who specialize in delivering the right types of sedation in correct amounts to make sure your child is comfortable and safe during a test, procedure or operation.
  • Keep up with your child’s health, communicate with your provider and schedule appointments through MyNortonChart.