Our therapeutic capabilities are some of the most advanced in the world. From the child with rumination syndrome or gastroparesis to those with food allergies or constipation, we are blazing the trail to best possible outcomes for our patients.

Banding of Esophageal Varices

Sometimes varices can bleed or be at high risk of bleeding. One way to control this is to put a “band” on the vein so that it clots and then will not bleed.

Botox Injection (Anal Sphincter and Pyloric Sphincters)

Your child’s doctor may recommend Botox® injection of the anal sphincter under selected circumstances, such as when the child is having difficulty with stooling.

Cecostomy Tube

A cecostomy tube is also called a C-tube. It is a non-latex tube or catheter placed in the first part of the large intestine, also called the cecum. A procedure called an irrigation is done to provide a comfortable, convenient way to clean out the bowel.

Double Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE)

Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) allows for direct visualization of the entire small intestine with the ability to obtain biopsies, to remove polyps, or to treat a bleeding site.

Esophageal Dilatation

Sometimes a child can develop narrowing in the esophagus (swallowing tube) that requires dilatation (stretching) to allow for easy passage of food and liquids.

Gastric Pacemaker

The gastric pacemaker is inserted into the abdomen, with electrical wires leading to the stomach. It sends electrical impulses to stimulate the stomach after eating.

Neurogenic Bowel Regulation

A child who has a neurogenic bowel cannot control when he or she has a bowel movement. Bowel control may not be possible, but bowel regulation can be done by following a daily schedule.

Neurogenic Bowel: Bowel Training

Bowel training is achieved when your child has a bowel movement in the potty at the same time every day and therefore has few bowel accidents.

Omphalocele Repair

Treatment of an omphalocele will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Ostomy Care: Ordering Supplies

Your child may need different ostomy supplies as he grows and gets older. Learn how to care for your child's ostomy and order supplies.

Percutaneous Cecostomy

Nationwide Children's is unique in its approach to treating children with retentive fecal incontinence by the placement of minimally invasive percutaneous cecostomy tube.

Percutaneous Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Placement & Care

Some children need a tube placed in their stomach to allow them to get adequate nutrition if they cannot take in enough by mouth or if they have a swallowing problem.


Polyps are relatively common in children. As part of both the evaluation and treatment of polyps, they are removed endoscopically by polypectomy.

Sclerosis of Esophageal Varices

Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a medication into the varix that causes it to scar. If the varix is scarred, it cannot bleed.