APSA Family and Parent Resources

Children aren't just little adults. Medical diagnoses and treatments (and even some surgical tools!) need to be specialized for a child's developmental stage and size. Some medical conditions are specific to children. The APSA Family and Parent resource pages are designed to help patients and their families better understand what is happening.

How can a pediatric surgeon help?

Pediatric surgeons specialize in the surgical care of children. They are surgeons who, by training, are oriented toward working with children and understanding their special needs. Learn what difference a pediatric surgeon can make.

List of conditions

APSA has provided information on a variety of pediatric medical conditions, and we hope it will help with discussions between you and your child's medical professionals. Conditions are arranged alphabetically; click the green "List of Conditions" button to the left. We will continue to add to and update the list.

Find a pediatric surgeon

There are special considerations when operating on the pediatric population. APSA members are board certified surgeons whose practice is devoted entirely to pediatric surgery. Click the icon to the right to find an APSA member pediatric surgeon in your area who has the expertise to best treat your little ones.

Note: not all APSA members have elected to be included

In addition parents may want to read "Who Will Hold My Hand? A Guide for Parents Whose Child Needs an Operation" (PDF) written by Kathryn D. Anderson, MD, for the American College of Surgeons.

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