Pediatric Surgery

UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

February 28, 2019

UCLA Pediatric Heart Surgery Team Innovates Superior Care

By uclahealth uclahealth

There was a time Glen Van Arsdell, MD, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, wanted to be a fireman or a chicken farmer. Those were unusual choices for a boy who spent his formative years in Thailand with parents who were medical missionaries. His father, a surgeon by training, provided his patients with […]

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Tags: cardiologist, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart disease, featured, Glen Van Arsdell MD, Heart Month, pediatric cardiology


Dr. Laks, Our Superhero

September 12, 2018

Dr. Laks, Our Superhero

By dawn dawn

My son Josiah was born with a complex congenital heart defect in 1991. We were told he would have to wait for his surgical repair due to age and the complexity of the repair. Thanks to the wisdom of our local Pediatric Cardiologist in San Bernardino, Dr Sin, he pointed us to Dr Laks at […]

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Tags: complex congenital heart defect, congenital heart defect, Dr. Hillel Laks, featured, four stage correction, patient stories, Pediatric Cardiologist, right unifocalization, surgical repair


UCLA doctor diagnoses teen's complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

July 5, 2018

UCLA doctor diagnoses teen’s complex disorder, restoring her vision, ability to enjoy life

By Elaine Schmidt Elaine Schmidt

Rhianna Wilson spent her senior year of high school in and out of four San Diego hospitals, seeking relief for her vision loss, pain and debilitating headaches. At age 18, she was diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare genetic disorder marked by overly stretchy connective tissue. In Wilson’s case, the disorder revealed itself in […]

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Tags: adolescent medicine, blindness, brain, Chiari malformation, Ehler-Danlos Dyndrome, joint pain, neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatrics, teenager, vision loss


Chloes journey

May 15, 2018

Chloes journey

By Chlo Chlo Chlo Chlo

Late 2016 , i began to noticed that chloe’s smile wasnt symmetric with the rest of her facial expressions. I wished that my eyes werent decieving me but as a mom you cant ignore things that you feel in your gut arent right. So as a mom would do I consulted with Chloes Pediatrician and […]

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Tags: Dr. Wayne Osaki, medical staff, patient stories, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery


Planning ahead for your child's surgery this summer

May 11, 2018

Planning ahead for your child’s surgery this summer

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

To minimize missing school days, many kids get their elective surgery done over the summer vacation. But surgery and recovery can also mean missing out on summer fun. Knowing what to expect can help parents and kids plan ahead. Here are tips from two surgeons who perform some common types of pediatric surgeries that often […]

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Tags: ACL injury, adenoid, Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Dr. Nina Shapiro, ear, ear tubes, nose, orthopedic surgery, pediatric surgery, scoliosis, summer surgery, throat surgery


200 hearts mended and counting

August 7, 2017

200 hearts mended and counting

By uclahealth uclahealth

“My dad was a pediatrician, and he was my hero. My very first year as an intern here, he got sick and passed away. After I finished my training, I went back to Peru, where my parents are from, and talked to one of the doctors in the hospital there,” says Dr. Juan Alejos, clinical […]

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Tags: cardiologist, congenital heart disease, Dr. Juan Alejos, featured, pediatric cardiology, pediatrician, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surgeon, UCLA Pediatric Heart Transplant Program, US News, volunteer surgeons


Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my life and thousands of others for over the past 33 years!

August 7, 2017

Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my life and thousands of others for over the past 33 years!

By Vicky Vicky

I was one of the first 30 patients to have received a liver transplant performed at UCLA by Dr. Busuttil. Now him and his liver transplant team has performed well over 6,000 transplants since 1984.

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Tags: Biliary Atresia, birth defect, Doctors Day, Dr. Ronald Busuttil, featured, infant, liver disease, liver failure, liver transplant, organ donor registry, patient stories, surgery


Anesthesia in young children: Know the risks

February 22, 2017

Anesthesia in young children: Know the risks

By uclahealth uclahealth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new warning about the use of anesthesia and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. If you’re planning to schedule surgery or another procedure that requires sedation, it’s smart to understand the basics and any risks you or your child may face. Here’s a breakdown […]

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Tags: anesthesia, behavior, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, general anesthetic, infants, medications, pediatric anesthesiology, pregnant women, sedation, sedation drugs, surgery


Vivian's Heart Journey

February 8, 2017

Vivian’s Heart Journey

By HRHJudy HRHJudy

The chances of winning the Powerball are 1 in 992 Billion. The chances of having a child with a heart defect are 1 in 100. About 1 out of every 100 babies (approximately 40,000) born each year in the US have some type of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Each year worldwide, 100,000 babies under the […]

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Tags: cardiac interventions, congenital heart defect, Dr. Mark Sklansky, heart defect, NICU, open heart surgeries, patient stories, PICU, UCLA Children's Heart Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Cash's Heart Journey

July 22, 2016

Cash’s Heart Journey

By rainahurn rainahurn

Hi Everyone, We did it! Tomorrow is Cash’s first birthday! All of you are on my mind and I just wanted to tell you how thankful for each and every person that has taken part in Cash’s heart journey. It is because of all of you and your dedication to your practice that we have […]

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Tags: cardiology, Dr. Gregory Perens, patient stories, pediatric cardiology