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Pediatric General Surgery

Unique medical care for infants, kids, and adolescents.

Pediatric General Surgery Experts

At Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL, we're pushing the envelope of what's possible in the field pediatric general surgery! Our surgeons are masters of their craft, using cutting-edge technology and minimally invasive procedures to make the prospect of surgery less scary to patients and their families. Supporting them are our child life experts who are specially trained to relax and calm patients as they start on their road to a healthy recovery.

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Pediatric General Surgery: Physician Spotlight

For more than 25 years, Dr. Hebra has centered his practice around the management and development of innovative treatments for pectus excavatum and other congenital chest malformations. Learn more here about Dr. Hebra and his plans for Golisano Children's Hospital Pediatric General Surgery program!

Minimally Invasive Surgery Treatments for Children

The nationally renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Andre Hebra, describes how he uses cryoablation to minimize pain during and after surgery for pectus excavatum which is the deformity that makes a child’s chest appear sunken or caved in.

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When her son Jake was just seven years old, Beth Knutson noticed his chest was concaved. "I thought, ok this is not going to be good down the road if this keeps getting deeper as he gets older," she said. When he started experiencing symptoms at age 13, she decided it was time to meet with pediatric surgeon Dr. Andre Hebra. "Dealing with Dr. Hebra has been amazing. The staff has been great. He just has an air about him that is comforting and puts you at ease," said Beth. Jake was diagnosed with pectus excavatum—a chest wall malformation that affects one in 400 children. "He could tell that he was experiencing some difficulty during exertion sports, running, playing, and so forth, primarily because of the caved-in chest that was pressing on the heart and the lungs," said Dr. Andre Hebra, a pediatric surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health. The condition worsens as children grow—making Jake a great candidate for a minimally invasive procedure. "The beauty of this procedure is once you remove the deformity and the compression against the heart, the cardiac function, the pulmonary function is 100 percent normal," he said. Dr. Hebra uses a surgical technique called cryoablation to minimize pain during and after the procedure. Giving patients, like Jake, a quicker and easier recovery.

Meet our Child Life Facility Dog: Dorian

Dorian is a part of the child life team and works at the hospital full-time (Monday through Friday). He works as a team with his handlers, two certified child life specialists, to provide support and comfort, enhance a patient and family’s coping with healthcare experiences and, overall, improves the patient experience at the hospital.

  • Child Life Facility Dog

    Dorian, our full-time therapy dog, helps children and their families feel a little better if they have to visit us.

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