Pediatric Surgery

Surgery at any age can be scary. When it’s your child, you want to know they are being cared for by a team that specializes in pediatric surgery.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to the only team of pediatric surgeons in Iowa and western Illinois specifically trained to care for children, from premature infants to young adults. Our surgeons are specialists in the care of a broad range of pediatric surgical conditions and traumatic injuries.

As part of an academic medical center, our surgeons are also researchers, which means they are on top of the latest surgical techniques and medical discoveries to provide the most advanced care for your child. In addition to traditional procedures, our surgical team also performs minimally invasive surgeries that can reduce the length of hospital stays and minimize pain.

Our multidisciplinary care team includes expert pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, technologists, and support staff, all dedicated to the care of infants and children. Because we know surgery may just be one part of your child’s care, our pediatric surgery team works together with other pediatric specialists, such as neonatology, hematology, oncology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, urology, cardiology, and radiology to ensure a complete and comprehensive plan of care. Because we all work together, every team member knows what is happening with your child’s care. This helps us determine what surgery is the best option for your child.

Pain management, nutrition, and social and psychological services are also part of our holistic approach to the care of children. Our family-centered care includes Child Life specialists, tutoring, art and music therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. We partner closely with parents and family members so we can provide the best care and offer the most supportive environment to children.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital offers a pediatric surgery satellite clinic in the Quad Cities.

Services

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is the first and only verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Iowa. This means UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital meets the highest standards set by the American College of Surgeons for trauma care in children. Our pediatric surgical and medical specialists collaborate to treat minor and serious physical and psychological trauma. We have specialized equipment for children of all ages and sizes, and our staff partakes in ongoing pediatric trauma education to ensure that families receive the highest level of pediatric care available.

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents, and preventing it is the best way to impact our children's health and well-being. The pediatric trauma team also provides education on injury prevention and treatment for families and UI Health Care faculty and staff.

  • Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Central line placement
  • Port placement
  • Empyema
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Ostomy care
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement
  • Robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Disorders of the esophagus
    • Achalasia
    • Esophageal stricture
    • Foregut duplication and neuroenteric cysts
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Hiatal hernia

     

  • Disorders of the intestines
    • Short gut
    • Hirschsprung disease
    • Meckel's diverticulum
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Perianal disease
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis

     

 
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  • Brachial cleft cyst
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  • Chest wall tumors
  • Ewing's sarcoma
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    • Wilms' tumors
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    • Rhabdoid tumors
    • Clear cell carcinoma of kidney

     

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  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia
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  • Renovascular hypertension
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  • Vascular access
  • Central line and port placement


Video

  • The Power of Play
    The pediatric surgery team at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital developed custom medical dolls to help patients and families better understand what to expect before surgery.


Transfers

Emergency Room and Inpatient Transfer Requests
UI Transfer Center
866-890-5969

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Feldman

    "The nurses make you feel like they are part of your family and that they care about your child as much as you do. The staff was so reassuring in some of the scariest times."Read more

  • Carley Neustel

    Carley Neustel portrait

    Carley was rushed by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in September 2015 after a farm accident nearly severed both of her legs below the knees. She had also sustained a broken arm and a large cut on her scalp.Read more

  • Drake Fricke

    Drake Fricke portrait

    Drake was just a few days old when he was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition in the large intestine that causes problems with passing stool. He was referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital when he was 3 years old.Read more

  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait

    Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old.Read more

  • Matthes Twins Thrive

    Matthes Family

    My husband, Reggie, and I have twin girls that were born October 21, 2013 - 10 weeks early. They spent 7 weeks in the NICU with your wonderful nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors. Chloe was first to come home on December 5. Abigail was able to join us on December 10.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Clinic (Iowa City)

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)

    University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 500
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    Covenant Clinic - Pediatrics (Waterloo)

    Covenant Clinic - Pediatrics
    2710 St. Francis Drive
    Suite 510
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

  • Theresa Holmes, RN