Precision: Perspectives on Children’s Surgery

Precision: Perspectives on Children’s Surgery

Take a look inside the operating room at one of the nation's premier children's hospitals. Lurie Children's pediatric surgeons discuss in detail some of the life-saving procedures they perform, how their research is advancing pediatric medicine, and what drives them to be the best.

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November 15, 2022
Lurie Children's is among the only pediatric hospitals with a specialized colorectal center. The multidisciplinary team cares for children with colorectal conditions such as imperforate anus, Hirschsprung disease and severe constipation. Learn more from two of the center's leaders, Dr. Julia Grabowski and Dr. John Fortunato, about how their comprehensive approach to treating children with these conditions stands out.
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Lurie Children’s nationally ranked Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine is engaged in many research studies. Experts are exploring ways to improve the bone health of children, prevent injuries and the need for unnecessary surgeries, and address health disparities in children's orthopedic care. Today we talk with three of the division’s specialists about their current scientific pursuits, and how that will transfo...
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Lurie Children's nationally ranked Division of Urology oversees one of the most experienced Multidisciplinary Valves Program (MVP) Clinic in the country. Their focus is treating children with a rare urological condition known as posterior urethral valves. Affecting only boys, PUV affects about 1 in 5,000 births and can lead to extreme damage to the kidney and bladder. Lurie Children's urologist Dr. Ed Gong and kidney specia...
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One of the only comprehensive fetal centers in the country, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health at Lurie Children’s, treats patients with complex pregnancies. Among the rarest and most serious condition they see is twin to twin transfusion syndrome, a complication that affects 10 to 15 percent of identical twins. In this condition, the twins share a placenta which can lead to extreme prematurity and significant injury to major o...
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When children suffer from heart failure and all medical options are exhausted, sometimes the next option is to use mechanical support to keep their heart going. The machine that supports this is called a Ventricular Assist Device, commonly known as a VAD.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is the home to the #1 ranked pediatric Heart Center in Illinois and offers one of the highest-volume pediatric ventric...
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Spina bifida affects about 1,400 babies born each year. Children with the most severe forms of the condition can have difficulty walking, bowel and bladder issues and many other complications. The multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Center at Lurie Children's provides  comprehensive care for children and adolescents with spina bifida and other types of congenital spinal anomalies, from prenatal consultation through young adulthood.

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September 8, 2022
Lurie Children's Heart Center makes the second opinion process easy for families seeking peace of mind that their child is getting appropriate medical care from experts in their field. Learn how this program works, and how it benefits families facing a difficult diagnosis.
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Lurie Children’s Division of Ophthalmology provides a range of eye care for children, from those who need to correct their vision with glasses to those who endure eye trauma to those with serious congenital eye disorders and pediatric glaucoma. The division’s head, Dr. Brenda Bohnsack, is a physician-researcher who specializes in complex eye problems in children, sometimes restoring vision in children who would otherwise be blind. ...
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Lurie Children’s Division of Otolaryngology treats more children for ear, nose and throat conditions than any other hospital in Illinois. One important component of the division is its Aerodigestive Program, which provides comprehensive care to children with – among other conditions – disordered breathing and sleeping disorders. Dr. Taher Valika, the medical director of the program, discusses his expertise in complex airway and sle...
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More and more, babies with congenital heart diseases are diagnosed before they are born thanks to advances in ultrasound technology. Dr. Sheetal Patel, Director of Lurie Children’s Fetal Cardiology Program with the hospital’s nationally ranked Heart Center, is our guest today to discuss advances in this type of medicine, including a newly developed process at Lurie Children’s that streamlines the transferal of newborns with heart c...
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Lurie Children’s is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the world home to experts in the surgical treatment and care for children with a rare disorder in which a clot forms blocking the main portal vein going into the liver. This condition is known as portal vein thrombosis, the cause of which in many cases is never determined.

At Lurie Children’s, two pediatric liver experts are able to help many children with this condition a...
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When young patients get the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumor, their families want to know what treatment options they have to pursue. Pediatric neurosurgery specialists like Dr. Michael DeCuypere is not only trained in minimally invasive neurosurgery to remove tumors, but he is also among the few pediatric neurosurgeons in the country who is studying new ways to diagnose and treat them. We talk with him about the surgeon’s ro...
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Young patients with functional neurological complications, or problems with walking, general movement or chronic pain, can have trouble maintaining a high quality of life. Experts in this field like Dr. Jeffrey Raskin, who leads the functional neurosurgery program at Lurie Children’s, aim to provide treatment options that can help these pediatric patients and their families thrive.
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Through cutting-edge treatment and surgical interventions, the Lurie Children's Liver Center goal is to improve quality of life and avoid transplant whenever possible. When transplant is the only option, our Liver Transplant Program is among the most experienced in the country. Drs. Superina and Lemoine, international authorities on pediatric liver conditions, discuss their expertise in this area.
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Renowned pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Sunjay Kaushal, the division head of cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at Lurie Children's, is in addition to saving children's lives in the OR, leading research that includes clinical trials with cardiac stem cells in congenital heart disease surgery patients. He discusses the game-changing research that has already shown promising results.
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Drs. Sandi Lam and Joyce Wu, renowned pediatric epilepsy specialists, share news and insight about advances in pediatric epilepsy treatment - surgical and otherwise - and the research they're doing to continue to improve care.
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Drs. Michael Mongé and Philip Thrush, who lead the Heart Transplant Program at Lurie Children's, discuss the program's successful outcomes and volumes and what goes into running a premier pediatric heart transplant program.
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Lurie Children's pediatric orthopedic surgeon and physician Jill Larson, MD, discusses the treatment of spine, hip and foot deformities in the neuromuscular patient population and how she integrates multidisciplinary care, quality and safety initiatives and safe uses of innovative technology in the care of pediatric patients. Also a research scientist, she discusses her clinical research and how she collaborates with colleagues...
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