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Rady Children's Specialists

Surgical Services

Welcome to Surgical Services

Welcome and thank you for choosing Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Surgical Services. More than 20, 000 surgical procedures and procedures under anesthesia (CT, MRI, Cardiac Cath etc.) are performed each year by pediatric surgeons at Rady Children’s Hospital. Whether your visit is scheduled or unexpected, a child’s procedure can be a stressful experience for the entire family. That is why it is helpful to know that your child is in excellent hands at Rady Children’s Surgical Services.

All of our staff of health care professionals at Rady Children’s Hospital are trained to meet the unique special needs and concerns of children and their families with pediatric surgical care. Our team of pediatric surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, technicians, and support staff will do everything possible to make your experience safe and comfortable.

Pediatric Surgery Achievements:

  • Our inpatient surgical care unit and outpatient surgical services at Rady Children’s Hospital received five-star excellence awards in 2019 and 2018 from Professional Research Consultants Inc.
  • Our outpatient surgery is rated “excellent” by patients and their families in our patient survey. Thanks to our pediatric surgeons, it is consistently ranked above the 95th percentile by Professional Ranking Corporation, LLC (based on national benchmarks).
  • Rady Children’s Hospital is the only Level I designated trauma center in San Diego and Imperial Counties, with trauma services accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Three surgical specialties (Orthopedics, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and Neurology & Neurosurgery) are ranked in the top 20 pediatric hospital programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology division is designated a National Center of Excellence by the Sturge Weber Foundation. It offers state-of-the-art laser facilities from healthcare professionals and is a national leader in the use of lasers for port wine stains, hemangiomas and vascular tumors.  The Scar Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (STAR) uses fractionated CO2 and other laser technologies, as well as non-laser surgical techniques, to improve and minimize significant and deforming scars caused by prior surgeries, trauma,  birthmarks and other conditions.
  • Our Orthopedics & Scoliosis division provides fracture care with the latest fixation strategies (many developed by our surgeons). Innovative reconstruction procedures in cerebral palsy (advance gait preservation surgery), hip surgery (safe surgical dislocation, point-of-care ultrasound for hip dysplasia) and spinal surgery (growth modulation, Magec Rods, 3-D low-dose imaging, advanced spinal osteotomies) draw patients from around the world.
  • Our Sports Medicine program leads in ligament reconstruction techniques that preserve growth and physical therapy metrics that ensure fitness prior to return to play.
  • Our Neurosurgery division continues to be a top-ranked program, providing the most advanced approaches and comprehensive care for vascular disease in children. These include the treatment of arteriovenous malformations and aneurysms without surgery, and robotic laser ablation of cavernous malformations. Stereotactic-guided radiation in the form of gamma knife or proton therapy is also available.

In the News

Hospital Allow Kids to Drive Themselves to Operating Room, U.S. News & World Report, features Daniela Carvalho, M.D.

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Surgery Pre-Op Tours

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