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  • Hernias in Children: What Parents Should Know
    Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:26 GMT

    Spotting a lump or bump on a child’s body would be scary for any parent, but mom and dad can rest assured: Hernias are common and their repair is among the most common procedures performed on kids, a CHOC Children’s pediatric general surgeon says. Just in time for national Hernia Awareness Month, Dr. Mustafa Kabeer


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  • Kids and Surgery
    Fri, 16 May 2014 17:54:21 GMT

    Parents should understand and work through their concerns, because if the parents are scared, the child will be scared; if the parents are calm, the child will be calm too, says Dr. David Gibbs, a CHOC Children's Pediatric

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  • 12 Questions to Ask Before a Child’s Surgery
    Tue, 06 May 2014 17:00:07 GMT

    When a child faces surgery, the procedure can be just as scary – or even scarier – for a parent. The good news is that CHOC Children’s practices patient- and family-centered care, and works to ensure parents and patients are informed. Parents with a child facing surgery should ask plenty of questions to learn as


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  • Kids and Heart Surgery
    Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:11:24 GMT

    "In the newborn population, there are many [heart] conditions that may need surgery. One of the things to remember is that these types of surgery that are being done in the newborn period are relatively new, at least in the past 10 to 20 years," says Dr. Starr. "Because of the technology, now we're able to perform complex surgeries."

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  • CHOC Operating Rooms Integrate Tech for Better Outcomes
    Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:05:57 GMT

    In the operating room of CHOC Children’s new Bill Holmes Tower, technology helps equipment work together to ensure the best outcomes for young patients.

    Using the technology integration system iSuite by Stryker, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the region to have a fully integrated operating room. With more than 1,000 presets for individual doctors or disciplines, the system can also control the ambient lights, laproscopic camera and music.

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  • Celebrate Doctor’s Day – Dr. Michael Muhonen
    Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:52:17 GMT

    In honor of Doctor’s Day – March 30th –  we’ve been highlighting some of our doctors throughout the month of March! Check out this video with Dr. Muhonen, Medical Director of the CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute and Director of Neurosurgery, who shares what he is most excited about in The Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children’s. Thank


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  • One For the Books
    Wed, 02 Jan 2013 05:21:03 GMT

    “Your baby has no kidneys.” That’s what Nicola and Clifford Vazquez were told when a prenatal ultrasound showed an abnormal mass where their baby’s kidneys should be. Just halfway through the pregnancy, they were also told that their baby would die shortly after birth. they were devastated. The Vazquezes decided to get a second opinion, which ultimately led them to CHOC children’s pediatric urologist Antoine Khoury, M.D. He saw things differently.

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  • Fully Wired for Patient Safety
    Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:34:24 GMT

    All hospitals must take proactive steps to reduce the risk for possible human errors that lead to medical mistakes. But at CHOC Children’s, early investment in health information technology has undoubtedly improved patient care and saved lives. The opening of our new South Tower next spring will further demonstrate the possibilities of health information technology.


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A Tiny Scar Makes a Big Difference
CHOC Children's Annual Report: FY 2011
Advancements in medical technology have resulted in a new laparoscopic technique that allows surgeons to perform some procedures through a single, small incision.

SILS: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Kid's Health (Archive): Fall 2011
The experts at CHOC Children’s are always looking for ways to make surgery as easy as possible for their young patients. One way they’ve done this is by using laparoscopic—or minimally invasive— surgery.

CHOC Pioneers Groundbreaking Pulmonary Procedure
Kid's Health (Archive): Spring 2011
When an innovative pulmonary procedure was recently approved for use in the United States, the FDA conducted a rigorous selection process and chose only 15 hospitals across the country to become certified to use it.

How Do You Know If Your Child Needs Surgery?
Kid's Health (Archive): Spring 2010
Facing surgery can be a scary time for children and their parents. Fortunately, the surgeons at CHOC Children’s are experts at performing a wide range of operations on children.

Honoring Christa Flynn
Touching Hearts Guild: Summer 2007
Christa Flynn always knew that CHOC was an important part of Orange County, she just didn't realize how important it would become to her until her son Michael was involved in a terrible car accident.

Orange County Surgeon Offers Nuss Procedure
Physician Connection: Spring 2007
If there is a less-invasive way to perform a procedure, Mustafa Kabeer, M.D., is likely to be doing it.

Five Year Old Girl Survives Congenital Heart Condition and Fatal Lung Disease
Making a Mark: October 2006
When Erica Ortega was 3 days old, she was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart condition that if left untreated is usually fatal. Since then, the 5-year-old has undergone three surgeries to correct the defect in her heart, the most recent of which she underwent this year.

Is Surgery in Your Child's Future?
Kid's Health (Archive): Winter 2006
Did you know most elective childhood surgeries are now performed on an outpatient basis?

Another CHOC "First" -- Pediatric Robotic Surgery
Kid's Health (Archive): Summer 2004
Once again, CHOC has made history as being the first pediatric hospital in California to offer robotic surgery for children using state-of-the-art Da Vinci robotic surgical system.

Girls Nine Times More Likely To Suffer Sports-Related Knee Injuries
Kid's Health (Archive): Fall 2003
When it comes to basketball and soccer, girls and boys are not created equally. Differences in anatomy, biomechanics and hormones make girls up to nine times more likely to injure the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their knees than their male counterparts when playing these sports.


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