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Pediatric Surgery

Who We Are:

Anticipating surgery for a child can be an anxious time, but we feel certain that you and your child will be pleased with your experience at the Baystate Children's Hospital Surgery Center.

 Baystate Children's Hospital Surgery Center

Our well-equipped play space designed just for children and teens is filled with toys, video games, colorful images, an aquarium, and a lighthouse that doubles as an entertainment center.

Child life specialists-professionals who are skilled in assisting children and teenagers cope with hospitalization at their own developmental level-are available to help children and their parents. The surgery center also has its own admitting, waiting, and recovery rooms so children don't share spaces with adult patients.

The evening before surgery, one of our nurses will call you to provide pre-operative instructions, answer your questions, and offer support.

You can accompany your child/teen into the operating room on the day of surgery, and stay until they are asleep. The anesthesiologist will discuss this option with you in advance. You will rejoin your child in the recovery room, and can often be at the bedside before they first awake from anesthesia. The day after surgery, a nurse will call you to make sure the recovery process is going well and to answer any questions you may have.

 Types of Surgery

We provide comprehensive pediatric surgical care to infants, children, and adolescents, including:

  • State-of-the-art newborn surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic)
  • Hernia surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Oncology surgery 
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Testicular tumors
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Chest wall reconstructions for rib and sternal anomalies (pectus excavatum)
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Urologic surgery (including Deflux injections for ureteral reflux)
  • Varicocelectomy (laparoscopic and open)

 Inpatient Care at Baystate Children's Hospital

For children who require hospitalization after surgery, we offer a family-friendly environment at Baystate Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in our region. Featuring separate, specially designed inpatient units for children and adolescents, the hospital offers play spaces, including our rooftop playdeck, that make a hospital stay a positive, non-threatening experience for children and families.

At Baystate Children's Hospital, we are especially proud of our committed child life specialists, who are available on the inpatient units as well as in the Surgery Center and Emergency Department.

For children requiring advanced monitoring and care after surgery, we have the region's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, with its staff of specially trained intensive care pediatricians and nurses. Baystate Children's Hospital also offers the region's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature babies and newborns requiring advanced monitoring.

 Our Team:

Our experienced pediatric specialists help ensure that your child's surgery at Baystate Children's Hospital will be a positive experience with a healthy outcome. Our pediatric surgery team includes pediatric anesthesiologists; registered nurses; child life specialists; ear, nose and throat specialists; pediatric hospitalists; and of course, our pediatric surgeons:

  • Stanley H. Konefal, Jr., MD, FACS, FAAP
  • Kevin P. Moriarty, MD, FACS, FAAP
  • David B. Tashjian, MD, FACS, FAAP
  • Gregory T. Banever, MD
  • Michael V. Tirabassi, MD

Meet the team...

The pediatric surgeons see children for consultation and follow-up care at their offices at Pediatric Surgical Services, Inc., 100 Wason Avenue, Suite 220, Springfield, 413-794-2442.

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