Driscoll Children's Surgical Services provides the highest quality care to infants, children and adolescents who are born with, or who develop, abnormalities of the urinary or genital systems. Our goal is to provide quality therapy using the least invasive approach possible.
Our laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques have several advantages over traditional "open" operations: they can minimize your child's post-operative pain, shorten his/her hospital stay and allow your child to return to school and to full activity much sooner. And the cosmetic and psychological benefits of this minimally invasive surgery are also very important.
Driscoll’s multidisciplinary team (including pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensivists and nurses) is dedicated to the care and comfort of your child before, during and after the operation.
We provide diagnosis and treatment for a broad spectrum of kidney, ureter, bladder and genital conditions.
Bladder exstrophy/epispadias /cloaca
Cryptorchidism (undescended testicle)
Disorders of sexual differentiation (congenital adrenal hyperplasia, urogenital sinus, vaginal agenesis, etc.)
Duplications of the kidney or ureter
Fetal urologic problems
Hydronephrosis (swollen kidney)
Kidney/ureteral stones–we have the appropriate mini-ureteroscopes and stents to treat endoscopically the majority of urinary stones in children
Kidney, adrenal, bladder or prostate tumors
Ovarian cyst or tumor
Penile torsion or curvature
Posterior urethral valves
Prune belly syndrome
Spinal cord disorders (spina bifida/myelomeningocele, tethered cord, sacral agenesis,etc.)–we have up-to-date urodynamic machines to evaluate the lower urinary tract in children
For all services, we schedule all new patient appointments within two (2) weeks of receiving the authorization. We will also schedule surgery within two (2) weeks of last office visit. Physician phone consultations are welcome.
Complex reconstructive surgery
Complex hypospadias repair
Surgical Site Infection Frequently Asked Questions
A surgical site infection is an infection that occurs after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Most patients who have surgery do not develop an infection. However, infections develop in about 1 to 3 out of every 100 patients who have surgery. Some of the common symptoms of a surgical site infection are:
Redness and pain around the area where you had surgery
Drainage of cloudy fluid from your surgical wound
Yes. Most surgical site infections can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic given to you depends on the bacteria (germs) causing the infection. Sometimes patients with SSIs also need another surgery to treat the infection.
To prevent SSIs, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers:
Clean their hands and arms up to their elbows with an antiseptic agent just before the surgery.
Clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after caring for each patient.
May remove some of your hair immediately before your surgery using electric clippers if the hair is in the same area where the procedure will occur. They should not shave you with a razor.
Wear special hair covers, masks, gowns, and gloves during surgery to keep the surgery area clean.
Give you antibiotics before your surgery starts. In most cases, you should get antibiotics within 60 minutes before the surgery starts and the antibiotics should be stopped within24 hours after surgery.
Clean the skin at the site of your surgery with a special soap that kills germs.
Before your surgery:
Tell your doctor about other medical problems you may have. Health problems such as allergies, diabetes, and obesity could affect your surgery and your treatment.
Quit smoking. Patients who smoke get more infections. Talk to your doctor about howyou can quit before your surgery.
Do not shave near where you will have surgery. Shaving with a razor can irritate your skin and make it easier to develop an infection.
At the time of your surgery:
Speak up if someone tries to shave you with a razor before surgery. Ask why you need to be shaved and talk with your surgeon if you have any concerns.
Ask if you will get antibiotics before surgery.
After your surgery:
Make sure that your healthcare providers clean their hands before examining you, either with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
If you do not see your providers clean their hands, please ask them to do so.
Family and friends who visit you should not touch the surgical wound or dressings.
Family and friends should clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after visiting you. If you do not see them clean their hands, ask them to clean their hands.
Before you go home, your doctor or nurse should explain everything you need to know about taking care of your wound. Make sure you understand how to care for your wound before you leave the hospital.
Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wound.
Before you go home, make sure you know who to contact if you have questions or problems after you get home.
If you have any symptoms of an infection, such as redness and pain at the surgery site, drainage, or fever, call your doctor immediately. If you have additional questions, please ask your doctor or nurse.