At CHOC Children’s, we understand that selecting where a patient will receive surgery is a big decision.
There’s no place like the Tidwell Procedure Center at CHOC Children’s Hospital. We specialize in providing our patients—from infants to young adults—with the most state-of-the-art surgical services in our compassionate, family-centered environment. We are the only children’s hospital in Orange County specializing in treating childhood diseases and congenital birth defects. Our pediatric-trained team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists and other specialists offer the latest surgical treatments, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Through the use of the latest technology, we're able to provide our patients with the most accurate diagnoses and innovative treatments available.
When a child needs a surgery, that child’s needs are very different than those of an adult patient needing the same or similar procedure. At CHOC, we have specialized in pediatric surgery since we welcomed our first patients in 1964. Our experience in exclusively treating children, teens and young adults makes us the experts in pediatric surgery. In fact, our expertise has made us a top transport hospital for pediatric patients in Orange County and ranked us within the top 50 pediatric hospitals in eight different categories according to U.S. News and World Report.
In addition to being experts in the latest surgical methods for pediatric patients, we are dedicated to providing efficient, compassionate patient- and family-centered care. At CHOC, it is important that our patients still feel and act like kids while dealing with the adult issues of surgery and that their families get the support they need to focus on what is most important: patient recovery.
State-of-the-art surgical specialty programs
Our expertise is second to none. The specialists at CHOC are known for offering the latest surgical procedures by nationally recognized surgeons with the latest equipment for all pediatric patients—including the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgical methods.
Our physicians and other health care professionals are all specially trained to work with pediatric patients. We are proud to offer patients:
- The very latest technology
- On-site preoperative services and testing
- Highly skilled and dedicated staff
- Social and emotional support developed especially for children and their families
We are always by your side
We are by your side every step of the way with detailed information, guides and videos detailing what patients and their families can expect while at CHOC. Learn more about preparing for a surgery or procedure at CHOC.
Once at CHOC, we are committed to continually communicating with patients and their families so that they understand what is happening every step of the way during their time in the Procedure Center . Our knowledgable nurses and skilled surgeons and anesthisologists are dedicated to making sure that each patient's family is provided with the most accurate information throughout the surgical process.
Ask a Doc - What is surgery?
What is surgery? Dr. Mustafa Kabeer explains how having surgery is different from other medical procedures.
Surgery For Children - What to Expect 8 years of age and over at CHOC
Our CHOC Child Life Specialist explains what to expect when a child comes in for surgery or procedure.
Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis: Dr. Reyna - CHOC Children’s General Pediatric Surgery
In this video Dr. Troy Reyna talks about the signs and symptons of appendicitis, what parents should look for.
Ask a Doc - Will my daughter be sedated before surgery?
Continuing this month's video series about surgery, Dr. John Cross talks about what our pediatric anesthesiologists do to make your child comfortable before going in to the operating room.
What to Expect with Recovery: Dr. Reyna - CHOC Children’s General Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Troy Reyna explains what to expect with recovery from umbilical hernia surgery when a child goes home.
News and Announcements
CHOC Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals
June 11, 2013
CHOC Children's has been ranked as one of the nation's top pediatric healthcare centers in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
Dr. Troy Reyna to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m.
April 24, 2013
Little Leaguer’s Heart Back In the Game
April 10, 2013
Surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Orange County replaced a deterio rating valve in Alex’s heart.
Brain Surgeon Unknowingly Plays Matchmaker
January 21, 2013
Two sophomores from Foothill High school, who both underwent brain surgery recently with the same doctor, went to the winter formal together.
Dr. Gupreet Ahuja to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m.
January 16, 2013
CHOC Children's otolaryngologist Gurpreet Ahuja, MD, will appear as an expert on the highly rated award-winning healthcare television program American Health Journal on PBS SoCal TV on Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss the topic of tonsils and adenoids.
Articles From the Blog
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."
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.
The post CHOC Operating Rooms Integrate Tech for Better Outcomes appeared first on CHOC Children's Blog.
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
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.
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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