Doctors perform emergency surgery on children to treat a variety of conditions or injuries that require urgent attention.
Use our online waiting service to select your estimated arrival time at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals for pediatric emergency surgery in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV. If your child or teen has a severe or life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.
Why Children’s Emergency Surgery is Performed
The main goal of any type of emergency surgery is to prevent death or disability. When treated right away, doctors can correct many conditions with surgery. In children and infants, some of these conditions and injuries include:
- Congenital heart problems, which can include life-threatening birth defects
- Breathing in food or a foreign object into the lungs
- Intestinal problems, including blockages that are either present at birth or develop from another condition
- Internal organ injuries from a car crash
- Pyloric stenosis, a blockage between the stomach and small intestine
What to Expect from Your Pediatric Emergency Surgeon & Pediatric Anesthesia
A pediatric surgeon will perform your child’s emergency surgery at a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital. If your child is anxious, doctors might give him or her some medication to calm down. Doctors may ask you what your child has had to eat or drink — a full stomach could cause complications with anesthesia.
The type of anesthesia (local, regional, or general) will depend on the type of surgery. Many types of pediatric emergency surgeries are open surgeries, which require general anesthesia. However, laparoscopic surgery may be an option for some conditions. This is minimally invasive surgery that requires only a few small incisions. With laparoscopic surgery, it may be possible to use other types of anesthesia.
As with all surgeries, pediatric emergency surgery carries the risk of complications. These risks include bleeding, infection, and adverse effects from anesthesia. Depending on the type of surgery, there may be other risks involved. Talk with your doctor about the risks specific to your child’s case.
Recovery After Pediatric Emergency Surgery in Las Vegas, NV
After surgery, your child will go to a recovery room. A hospital stay might be necessary, depending on the child’s age and the reason for the surgery. Medication, either by mouth or through an IV, will help manage pain. Your child’s care team will give you instructions before you go home. This includes information about activities, follow-up appointments, and medicines such as antibiotics.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals surgeons perform pediatric emergency surgery in the Greater Las Vegas and Henderson area.