Spotting a lump or bump on a child’s body would be scary for any parent, but mom and dad can rest assured: Hernias are common and their repair is among the most common procedures performed on kids, a CHOC Children’s pediatric general surgeon says. Just in time for national Hernia Awareness Month, Dr. Mustafa Kabeer
Parents should understand and work through their concerns, because if the parents are scared, the child will be scared; if the parents are calm, the child will be calm too, says Dr. David Gibbs, a CHOC Children’s Pediatric
When a child faces surgery, the procedure can be just as scary – or even scarier – for a parent. The good news is that CHOC Children’s practices patient- and family-centered care, and works to ensure parents and patients are informed. Parents with a child facing surgery should ask plenty of questions to learn as
“In the newborn population, there are many [heart] conditions that may need surgery. One of the things to remember is that these types of surgery that are being done in the newborn period are relatively new, at least in the past 10 to 20 years,” says Dr. Starr. “Because of the technology, now we’re able to perform complex surgeries.”
In the operating room of CHOC Children’s new Bill Holmes Tower, technology helps equipment work together to ensure the best outcomes for young patients.
Using the technology integration system iSuite by Stryker, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the region to have a fully integrated operating room. With more than 1,000 presets for individual doctors or disciplines, the system can also control the ambient lights, laproscopic camera and music.
In honor of Doctor’s Day – March 30th – we’ve been highlighting some of our doctors throughout the month of March! Check out this video with Dr. Muhonen, Medical Director of the CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute and Director of Neurosurgery, who shares what he is most excited about in The Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children’s. Thank
“Your baby has no kidneys.” That’s what Nicola and Clifford Vazquez were told when a prenatal ultrasound showed an abnormal mass where their baby’s kidneys should be. Just halfway through the pregnancy, they were also told that their baby would die shortly after birth. they were devastated. The Vazquezes decided to get a second opinion, which ultimately led them to CHOC children’s pediatric urologist Antoine Khoury, M.D. He saw things differently.
All hospitals must take proactive steps to reduce the risk for possible human errors that lead to medical mistakes. But at CHOC Children’s, early investment in health information technology has undoubtedly improved patient care and saved lives. The opening of our new South Tower next spring will further demonstrate the possibilities of health information technology.