What We Treat
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our pediatric digestive surgery teams have expertise in the treatment of a wide range of digestive conditions and disorders in children of all ages.
In newborns and infants, some of the digestive disorders we treat include:
- Esophageal atresia (EA): a birth defect in which the esophagus fails to properly connect the mouth to the stomach
- Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF): a hole or connection between the trachea and esophagus
- Anorectal malformation (ARM)/Imperforate anus: a birth defect in which the anal opening is absent or not in a normal position.
- Intestinal atresia: blocked or obstructed intestines
- Hirschsprung's disease: a congenital condition affecting newborns in which nerves have not formed in a section of the large intestine, preventing the intestine from contracting normally and causing food to build up and blockages to form
- Choledochal cysts: a congenital abnormality of the duct that transports bile from the liver to the gall bladder and small intestine
- Necrotizing enterocolitis: a serious condition in premature babies that inflames intestinal tissue, causing the tissue to die
- Biliary atresia: a blockage in the duct that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder
- Imperforate anus: the absence of an anus
- Liver and intestinal failure: Evaluation for liver and small bowel transplantation by our specialized transplant surgical and medical teams.
In older children and adolescents, some of the digestive abnormalities we treat include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease: a condition that occurs when the junction between the esophagus and the stomach is not completely developed or is abnormal, causing contents of the stomach to back up into the esophagus
- Gallstones: hardened deposits of digestive fluid form in gallbladder
- Hernias: protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weak muscle or membrane in the abdominal wall or groin
- Intestinal motility disorders: abnormal intestinal contractions, such as spasms and intestinal paralysis.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis): inflammation of the small intestine or colon
- Diverticular diseases: a condition in which muscle spasm in the colon (lower intestine) causes abdominal pain and disturbance of bowel function without inflammation
- Hepatobiliary disorders and malrotation: abnormal positioning of the intestines
- Liver disease