About Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery - Colorado Springs

At Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery — Colorado Springs, we are committed to providing the most advanced surgical care for children from babies to teens. We believe this care should be high-quality, innovative, kid-specific and accessible. That’s why our team of well-respected, highly experienced physicians see patients at multiple locations in Colorado’s Front Range, including at the Penrose/St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information about our services or to find a pediatric surgeon, please (303) 839-6001.

The board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery provide innovative surgeries designed to meet the unique needs of babies, children and teens. Our providers’ dedication to quality and innovation has earned them a far-reaching reputation of excellence from their peers, locally, regionally and globally. And for good reason—they continually prove their strength by delivering effective, advanced treatments that changes the lives of patients and families every day.

Our providers’ top-notch patient outcomes are due in part to their deep knowledge of and unparalleled experience in minimally invasive techniques, many of which they have designed and pioneered themselves (see sidebar for examples). These specialized techniques often reduce complications, pain, hospital stays, recovery time and scarring. And our team is always looking for new ways to innovate and refine our processes to continue to reduce the impact of surgery on the body by expanding the capabilities of minimally invasive surgery.

Leaders in pediatric surgery

The team’s exceptional outcomes are due to their depth of experience through pioneering techniques and performing them more than anyone else. Examples include:

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery leads the world by performing the most:

  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplications in infants and children
  • Neonatal minimally invasive surgeries
  • Thoracoscopic lung resections in infants and children

(Reported by peer reviewed journals)

The first in the world to provide:

  • MIS operating suite for pediatrics
  • Thoracoscopic esophageal atresia (EA) with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair
  • Thoracoscopic lobectomy

The first in the United States to complete:

  • Laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia

The first in Colorado/Rocky Mountain Region to complete:

    • Diaphragmatic hernia repair (minimally invasive CDH repair)
    • Laparoscopic appendectomy in a child
    • Laparascopic cholecystectomy in a child
    • Laparoscopic Nissen
    • Laparoscopic pull through – for imperforate anus/Hirschsprung's disease
    • Thoracoscopic patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure
    • Thoracoscopic vascular ring repair
    • Laparascopic pyloromyotomy
    • Laparascopic splenectomy
  • First single-site surgery

Pediatric surgeries we offer

The providers at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery are experts in providing many surgical procedures. In addition, the practice is part of a larger, network of experts called Rocky Mountain Pediatric Specialists. This relationship allows us to closely collaborate with other experts for procedures that need an added level of specialization (such as ear, nose and throat (ENT) or cardiac surgery).

Using our state-of-the-art pediatric-specific minimally invasive suite, we perform our surgical procedures using the least invasive technique that is medically safe. Our surgical procedures incude:

    • Repairing congenital defects, including congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
    • Treating esophageal atresia (EA)
    • Other neonatal and perinatal disorders
  • Pediatric general surgery
    • Hernia repair
    • Treating hernias including inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias and epigastric hernias.
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Chest wall abnormality correction

Chest wall abnormality correction

Structural abnormalities of the chest are typically caused by a congenital deformity of the chest wall. These can develop in two ways:

  • Pectus excavatum: When the chest bone dips inward, it is called pectus excavatum. Some people call this ‘funnel’ or ‘sunken’ chest. This affects about 1 in 300 children (more boys than girls) and is the most common type of chest wall deformity.
  • Pectus carinatum: When the chest bone protrudes, it is called pectus carinatum. Some people call this ‘pigeon chest.’ This affects about 1 in 1,000 children (more boys than girls).

While both types of chest wall deformity are present at birth, many people do not notice them until the early teen years. Many people with these conditions have no symptoms other than a difference in their physical appearance. Some people—especially those with pectus excavatum—may have trouble breathing during exercise, development of asthma, respiratory infections, and scoliosis. However, the most common complaint of both conditions is an altered physical appearance of the chest, which often affects patients’ self-esteem.

Treatment for chest wall deformity

When treating the chest wall deformity, our team first evaluates the significance of the bone deformity and how it is affecting the patient’s health – both physically and psychologically. Then, the team works with the patient and the family to create a treatment plan, always considering nonsurgical options first, if possible. More severe cases of pectus excavatum may require a form of surgical correction while pectus carinatum is most often treated successfully with bracing.

Custom bracing for pectus carinatum

At Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery, we offer custom bracing for the treatment of pectus carinatum. In this case, no invasive treatment is needed. Instead, the patient is fitted for a fully customized brace. Once the brace has been created to the patient’s unique anatomy, the patient wears it 24 hours a day (under clothing) for 6 months to a year. It gently guides the structures back into place without trauma or significant pain for the patient. Bracing is often started around ages 10-15 and works well just before a growth spurt.

Visiting our surgical offices

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery — Colorado Springs is located on the Penrose Hospital/St. Francis Health Center campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We're located near N. Powers Boulevard and E. Woodman Road. Parking is available near our offices.

Our hours of operation are: We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm

How to schedule an appointment

To schedule an appointment please call our offices at (303) 839-6001 during regular business hours. We also offer scheduling through our online appointment scheduler.

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, we ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance. We make every effort to stay on schedule, although we understand emergencies arise.

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New patients

New patients are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to complete paperwork. You can download, print and complete the forms prior to your appointment. Please bring the completed forms, a list of all medications your child is currently taking, recent copies of x-rays, lab results, photo ID and your insurance card to your appointment.

Additional locations

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery provides comprehensive surgical care in five locations. In addition to our Colorado Springs office, we also provide surgical services at the following locations:

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery - Denver

2055 North High St, Suite 370
Denver, CO 80205

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery - Loveland

1808 North Boise Ave, Suite 120, POD B I
Loveland, CO 80538

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery - Lone Tree

10107 Ridge Gate Parkway, Suite 310
Lone Tree, CO 80124

Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery - Vail

181 West Meadow Drive
Vail, CO 81657