Children aren’t small adults, and they often can’t share what’s bothering them. This might be especially true for those with urologic issues that may be embarrassing to discuss. The fellowship trained pediatric surgeons at University Surgical Associates recognize that children have special needs – and they need highly specialized treatment. In fact, understanding the unique needs of children who require surgical care is what defines USA pediatric surgeons.
“Pediatric surgeons provide care for children of all ages – for newborns, infants, children and through the adolescent years. After completing training and achieving board certification in general surgery for adults, we complete two additional years of training focused specifically on children’s surgery,” says Curt Koontz, MD, board certified general and pediatric surgeon at USA who specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques in infants and children. “We treat conditions from common to rare with one goal in mind – giving children and their families the best opportunity for healing and wellness.”
USA Pediatric Surgeons Offer Advanced Urology Care
USA pediatric surgeons are fellowship trained to provide leading-edge and compassionate care to children in the Chattanooga region. Joseph “Pete” Kelley, MD, Lisa Smith, MD, Curt Koontz, MD, and Dave Bhattacharya, MD, are a formidable team with extensive experience in treating a range of urologic conditions – including hernias, hydroceles, undescended testicles, circumcisions, varicoceles as well as solid tumors and malignancies of the kidneys, adrenal glands, and testicles.
“In most elective urologic procedures like circumcision, undescended testicles, a hernia or hydrocele, the surgical approach is well defined and there aren’t many surprises,” says Dr. Koontz. “It’s particularly important when dealing with kidney tumors and possible metastatic disease to rely on the extensive training that pediatric surgeons receive in pediatric surgical oncology. We’re equipped and trained to provide the most thorough and effective surgical care.”
Treating Your Child, Caring for Your Family
When it comes your child’s health, confidence in your pediatric surgeon is everything. That’s why USA pediatric surgeons develop strong relationships and focus on open and consistent communication with families and patients – from the first appointment, to the operation, and into full recovery. “This is one area where we have a great advantage – there is always a USA pediatric surgeon on call 24/7. We’re here any time our patients need us,” says Dr. Koontz. “What’s more, we have the support systems in place, including a caring and dedicated staff, that ensures you and your child receive the timely and effective care you need. One of our pediatric surgeons should be able to see a patient within two weeks.”
University Surgical Associates' pediatric surgeons in Chattanooga, TN manage general surgery issues in children, from appendicitis to gallbladder disease, as well as the subspecialty cases such as congenital deformities, newborn surgery, urologic surgery, ovarian pathology, chest wall reconstruction, childhood cancers and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. No matter your child’s health concern, you can trust the care provided by USA pediatric surgeons.
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