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Conditions We Treat

Surgical Services

Phoenix Children’s surgical services staff take a comprehensive approach to care across many specialties. In addition to complex fetal and neonatal conditions, we treat children, adolescents and young adults for conditions in most any area of the body. Surgeons work within pediatric general surgery and other specialties, including multispecialty clinics, to diagnose and treat the following and many other conditions:

  • Abdominal Conditions – We treat a wide array of conditions affecting the stomach and abdomen, including chronic or severe pain, appendicitis, hernias and other abdominal diseases, injuries and trauma.
  • Bone and Orthopedic Conditions – Our orthopedic surgeons treat back and neck pain, broken bones and other injuries affecting bones, joints, muscles, tendons, connective tissues and nerves.
  • Brain, Nerve and Spinal Conditions – Neurosurgery specialists treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and nerves such as stroke, traumatic brain or spine injuries and nerve disorders.
  • Cancer and Tumors – We treat tumors in most any part of the body and offer reconstructive surgery after certain tumor-removal procedures. Conditions treated include head, face and neck cancers, breast cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer and other types of cancer.
  • Chest, Heart, Blood Vessel and Respiratory Conditions – Multispecialty teams treat a wide range of conditions such as structural chest and chest wall defects, heart and blood vessel disorders, airway malformations and other congenital and acquired conditions.
  • Colorectal Conditions – Colorectal surgeons treat conditions affecting the lower digestive tract such as colon polyps, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, pelvic floor defects, bleeding, anorectal malformations, and other colorectal diseases and disorders.
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders – ENT (otolaryngology) specialists treat a wide variety of conditions including airway obstructions, tonsilitis, ear infections and other ear, nose and throat disorders.
  • Eye and Vision Conditions – Ophthalmology surgeons treat pediatric cataracts, blocked tear ducts, amblyopia (lazy eye), and other eye and vision conditions.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions – We treat all GI conditions which affect the esophagus, stomach and intestines. These include swallowing, eating and breathing disorders, peptic ulcers, Celiac disease, irritable bowel disease and other intestinal disorders.
  • Genitourinary Conditions – Specialists treat many genitourinary conditions including bladder and urinary tract obstructions, ovarian and vaginal disorders, testicular problems and other diseases and disorders.
  • Head, Neck and Face Conditions – Our multispecialty teams treat a wide array of conditions affecting the head, neck and face, including cleft and craniofacial disorders, head and neck masses, birthmarks and deformities of the face, hands and skin.
  • Heart Conditions – At our Center for Heart Care, specialized pediatric cardiology teams treat complex heart and blood vessel disease, structural defects, heart failure and other heart conditions.
  • Kidney and Liver Conditions – We offer surgical care for conditions affecting the kidneys and liver. Specialists treat liver disease, liver failure, kidney stones and other renal (kidney) disorders and diseases, including end-stage renal disease.
  • Trauma – Our trauma surgeons treat trauma of the head, brain, spine and body, complex hand injuries, eye trauma and multiple traumatic injuries. Conditions treated include blunt-force and penetrating trauma to the liver, spleen, kidneys and other parts of the body.

Abdominal Conditions

Bone and Orthopedic Conditions

Brain, Nerve and Spinal Conditions

Cancer and Tumors 

Our cancer specialists and multispecialty teams offer surgical treatment for a wide range of cancers, including biopsies and removal of benign and cancerous tumors in any part of the body, including eye cancer and skin cancer.

Chest, Heart, Blood Vessel and Respiratory Conditions

Colorectal Conditions

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders 

Eye and Vision Conditions

Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions

Genitourinary Conditions

  • Bladder or lower urinary tract obstruction, and urachal disorders (canal from the top of the bladder to the belly button)
  • Hernias:
  • Ovarian cysts and tumors
  • Reproductive anomalies and differences of sex development, including:
    • Twisted or undeveloped ovaries
    • Persistent urogenital sinus (vaginal and urinary tracts don’t separate)
    • Testicular torsion in newborns
    • Undescended testes and teratoma (tumor with several types of tissue) in undescended testes
    • Vaginal agenesis (reproductive tract malformation) or obstructed outflow

Heart Conditions

Kidney and Liver Conditions

Skin Lesions


Specialized surgeons at Phoenix Children’s treat trauma of the head, brain, spine and body, along with specialty care for hand injuries, eye trauma and multiple traumatic injuries. We treat these and other injuries:

  • Blunt liver and spleen injury – Blunt (non-penetrating) force is a common cause of injury to the liver and spleen – a small organ beneath the left ribcage. Common causes include car or bike crashes, falls and any type of hard hit to the abdomen.
  • Bronchial trauma – Injuries such as a blow to the chest sometimes affect the bronchia (airway tubes). Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent potentially life-threatening breathing problems.
  • Kidney (renal) injury – The most common cause of kidney injury in children is blunt-force physical trauma to the ribcage area or sides of the abdomen. Treatments may include minimally invasive procedures to stop bleeding or open surgery.
  • Pancreatic injury – Blows to the upper abdomen can cause pancreatic and biliary system (liver, gallbladder and pancreas) injuries. We use specialized diagnostic techniques for improved accuracy and treatment options.
  • Small bowel injury – Causes of small bowel trauma include penetrating forces such as BB guns or sharp objects that can pierce a child’s abdomen and injure the intestine. Our gastrointestinal surgeons and other specialists treat all types of intestinal trauma.
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