Pediatric Surgery

Surgery can be a scary experience for children and their families, but the Northern Light Pediatric Surgery team will take the time to make our youngest patients feel at ease. Understanding what will happen during surgery can make a real difference for children. Join Gracie as she has her tonsils taken out and learn what it’s like to have surgery at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

We know it is a stressful experience for families when one of their children needs surgery. Northern Light Pediatric Surgery has a team of healthcare professionals that will care for the baby and the family. 

Our pediatric surgeons care for all children, from newborn to adolescents, providing care for the entire spectrum of general pediatric surgery. All aspects of pediatric surgery are handled by our team at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, from common conditions like hernias, appendicitis, and removal of masses to the highly complex procedures not performed anywhere else in the region.

Many of our surgeries are performed with laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, using very small incisions that reduce pain and allow for a quicker recovery. Additionally, our surgeons offer prenatal visits to counsel parents expecting a baby who may have been diagnosed with a surgical problem before birth.

Pediatric surgical conditions treated here include common pediatric surgical problems such as: 
  • Appendicitis
  • Umbilical hernias and epigastric hernias
  • Inguinal hernias and undescended testicle
  • Phimosis or redundant foreskin
  • Neck fistulas
  • Benign masses such as lipoma, ganglion cysts (dermoid cyst, nevus, “lumps and bumps”)
  • Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
  • Care for children with feeding difficulties requiring feeding tube access
Complex conditions diagnosed and treated as an interdisciplinary team: 
  • Neonatal conditions requiring surgery
  • Complex congenital malformations
  • Surgery of congenital lung malformations
  • Chest wall deformities
  • Pediatric solid tumors
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease

You can’t get here from there? Well, in this case, you can — we care for children from a very large geographic region. Our goal is to provide high quality surgical care, and help children and families stay closer to home for their care. We heal faster at home, we are happier, calmer, and sleep better at home — we will work hard to get you and you baby home.