Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232

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Common General Surgery Clinic Procedures


Many minor surgical procedures can be performed in our clinical offices, depending on the age and maturity of the child as well as the child's condition. Your doctor will make the decision about whether your child's procedure can be performed in our office or should take place in one of our operating rooms.

Bowel preparation

Preparation for intestinal surgery typically consists of an enema given to cleanse the large intestine and colon before the surgery.


Removal of excess foreskin from the penis.

Correction of tongue tie

Tongue tie is when the cord that stretches from under the tongue to the floor of the mouth is abnormally short and restricts the movement of the tongue, affecting eating and speech.

Gastrostomy feeding tube change, treatment, and replacement

A gastrostomy feeding tube is either a tube or a button that is surgically placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. Children require gastrostomy feeding tubes for a variety of reasons, usually due to inability to take adequate nutrition or liquids by mouth for growth and development.

Incision and drainage of abscesses

An abscess is pus that has collected at the site of an infected wound that needs to be drained for the wound to be treated and heal.

IV access

An Intravenous catheter (IV) is used to deliver fluids and/or medications directly into a vein. An IV is most commonly used for hydration, giving medication and drawing blood.

Nasal gastric (NG) tube change, treatment, and replacement

An NG tube is used to deliver formula, fluids, and/or medication directly into the stomach. The NG tube is inserted through the nose, passes down the esophagus and enters into the stomach.

Needle aspiration

A procedure in which a small amount of fluid or tissue is withdrawn through a needle for study.

Tracheotomy tube changes

A tracheotomy tube goes through a hole made in the front of the neck, into the windpipe (trachea) to help breathing. 

Wound cultures and treatment

A wound culture is a test to detect and identify organisms (bacteria or fungi) that may be infecting a wound.

Other procedures

  • Evaluation and Physical Examination
  • Removal of Extra Digits (Fingers or Toes)
  • Removal of Foreign Bodies
  • Removal of Ingrown Toenails
  • Removal of Nevus (Birthmark or Mole)

Last Edited: May 26, 2017
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