Our Procedure and Surgical Center
The Tidwell Procedure Center at CHOC features seven operating rooms and advanced technology and information systems including the daVinci Si robotic surgical system with Firefly fluorescence imaging; full operating room data, imaging and video integration and video conferencing; the ROSA robotic device for neurological procedures; StealthStation surgical navigation and O-arm imaging technology; and a patient tracking system that allows families to track a patient’s progress throughout the surgical procedure. Using the technology integration system iSuite by Stryker, CHOC was the first children’s hospital in the region to have a fully integrated operating room. Learn more about the technology in our ORs.
The center also features three state-of-the-art endoscopy procedure rooms, two surgical procedure rooms and a Gastrointestinal Motility Lab. The center provides procedural care for patients of multiple specialties such as gastroenterology, pulmonology, oncology, dentistry and other surgical specialties. An 18-bed pre-operative unit includes all private rooms, and an 18-bed post-anesthesia care unit is configured to meet the unique needs of a wide variety of patients, including those who received anesthesia for an imaging procedure. Two isolation rooms are available for patients with contagious conditions, and other glass-enclosed rooms are for critical care patients who require specialized technology and ventilators.
Also featured is a cardiac catheterization lab—a biplane lab with hybrid capabilities—where invasive and neuroradiology procedures are offered as well. The center also includes a dedicated electrophysiology suite for patients with abnormal heart rhythms, offering both radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation, as well as 3D mapping.
Patient- and Family-Centered Care
CHOC provides patient- and family-centered care because we understand that when one family member is ill or is in need of surgery, the entire family is impacted. The center is staffed with a dedicated child life specialist and family liaison to help make the surgical process easier for both patients and families. We know how important it is 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.
We are committed to continually communicating with patients and their families so that they understand what is happening at every step of the way during their time in the procedure center. Our knowledgeable nurses and skilled surgeons and anesthesiologists are dedicated to making sure that each patient’s family is provided with the most accurate information throughout the surgical process. Learn more about the social and emotional support designed especially for children and their families.