Every child with Hirschsprung disease has unique needs. The multidisciplinary care team will develop a treatment plan based on the severity of your child’s condition and overall health. Depending on your child’s needs, the care team may include a specialized pediatric colorectal surgeon, pediatric gastroenterologist specializing in motility (motion of the digestive system), registered dietitian, pelvic floor physical therapist, psychologist, social worker and child life specialist, among other providers. Working together, they can help your child experience the best quality of life possible.
Children with Hirschsprung disease require a procedure called a “pull-through surgery” for treatment. This involves removing the diseased segment of intestine, then pulling down the remaining intestine and connecting it to the anus. When possible, the surgeon can perform this surgery using minimally invasive laparoscopic or robot-assisted surgery techniques. This can mean less pain, less blood loss, faster healing and shorter hospital stays, compared to what patients may experience with an “open” or traditional surgery.