Southern Hills Pediatrics

Southern Hills Pediatrics Dr. Alphonsa Stephen is the only doctor in our practice. Location: SW. Corner of Fort Apache Road & Russel Road
(Behind CVS Pharmacy) in the Venture Shopping Center.

Office hours M-F 8:30 am-5:30pm, weekends by appointment.

Operating as usual


If your child develops a fever or starts to feel bad after surgery, you should call your doctor immediately. It is also important to call if a large amount of bleeding is noticed from their sutures.


Intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) is a computerized pump that allows the patient to deliver small amounts of pain medicine into his IV line by pushing a button. PCA serves as stable pain relief in most situations.


Do you know the difference between epidural anesthesia and a nerve blocker? While epidural anesthesia is administered to control pain over a broad area of your body, a nerve blocker is localized only to a smaller area.


The most primitive documentation for a formal hospital comes from the 5th century BC in Sri Lanka. It is alleged to be the first place where formal treatments were carried out by physicians.


Do you know that before the invention of videolaparoscopy, visualization of the internal body parts was poor through the laparoscope? Today, videolaparoscopy provides excellent magnification of internal structures.


According to the NIH, general anesthesia is not only designed to keep you sedated and pain-free, but it also causes amnesia. This is the reason why you won’t remember much about it even if you wake up during the procedure.


As compared to open surgery, robotic surgery results in smaller and fewer scars. Since robotic surgical system needs only two or three small incisions, they heal much faster and resolve with far less scarring.


What is Telesurgery? It is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon operates on a patient even if they’re not currently in the same country. Heart surgery, hysterectomies, and even neurosurgery can be performed over long distances with the use of camera, computer, and robotic technologies.


Do you know that around 400,000 robotic surgeries were performed across all types of surgery in the United States in 2012? In fact, the reports have revealed that the rate of robotic surgeries is increasing by 25% annually.


Moshe Schein, a famous general surgeon, has truly said, “The aim is to operate only when necessary but not to delay a necessary operation.”


Archeological sources have revealed that the ancient Greeks had the first designated housings for healing the sick at about 4000 B.C. They were actually temples devoted to gods of healing such as Saturn and Asclepius.


What are Microbots? These are small robots, less than one millimeter in size, that travel throughout the human bloodstream and deliver drugs to specific locations in order to destroy blood clots, tumors, and infections.


Did you know the presence of microbes and their link to infections and diseases was a controversial topic before the mid-1860s? During that period, it was common for surgeons to reuse dressings and bandages already firm with blood.


Why do surgeons tell patients to fast before surgery? If your child’s surgery has to be performed under general anesthesia, eating or drinking before surgery can make them feel nauseated after they wake up, which may be dangerous in certain situations.


Does the removal of appendix require your child to make changes in their lifestyle? In general, no! However, depending on the type of surgery, your doctor might recommend your child to limit physical activity for a few days to hasten recovery.


The use of antiseptics to clean instruments and wounds prior to surgery was promoted in the mid-1860s by a Scottish surgeon named Joseph Lister. He also popularized the adoption of hygiene practices like washing his hands before surgery.


Before releasing your child from the hospital, your doctor will give you a prescription of pain medications. Make sure to have them in hand before reaching home in order to avoid the onset of pain.


Did you know surgery was practiced as early as 1600 B.C.? Some archaeological evidence has revealed that Egyptians were the first to practice a primitive form of surgery.


Robotic surgeries are revolutionizing the medical industry. Do you know that while blood transfusion rates during open surgery may be up to 40%, blood transfusion rates during robotic surgeries can be near 0%?


Soreness and swelling at the site of incision are quite common. They both improve by the same prescription and recommendations your doctor gives your child for recovery.


Epidural anesthesia is the most common type of local anesthesia administered during child surgery to numb parts of the body. It is injected in the tailbone or back region.


Did you know the first robotic surgery was done in the year 1997? However, the first unmanned robotic surgery was actually done in 2006 in Italy.

Everyone is talking about Covid-19, aka coronavirus, so we thought we would give you all an update regarding it. At this...
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Everyone is talking about Covid-19, aka coronavirus, so we thought we would give you all an update regarding it. At this time, our office does not have access to the Covid-19 testing kits. If you have reason to suspect that you or your children may have contracted it, we are currently advising that you go to UMC Hospital’s emergency room for evaluation. If you are worried about catching it, we have put together these tips for our families to avoid catching it:
Wash your hands! Especially before eating and after you’ve been outside your home. Make it a habit for everyone in the family to wash their hands throughout the day and upon arriving home. It is also a good idea to change clothes and take a shower immediately upon arrival home from work, school, or any other outdoor activities.
If you’re unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. It’s not a bad idea to keep some in your car for when you’re out running errands or in your diaper bag.
Do your best to keep your children from putting their hands in their mouth, nose, or eyes.
If you or your children are sick:
Stay home as much as possible.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease:
Shortness of breath
Regarding facemasks:
Facemasks will not help you avoid contracting Coronavirus. (The exception may be if you are in close contact with someone that has been diagnosed with it AND you are using a medical grade mask that is worn properly.)
In fact, due to the shortage of these masks, you may be making matters worse by taking away a facemask from someone that actually needs it.
Facemasks do help those already infected with Coronavirus from further spreading it (and other communicable respiratory diseases).
We will revise these recommendations with any new information as it becomes available. The above recommendations will help prevent the spread and contraction of many other diseases as well--some of which may present a more imminent threat to your family’s health than Coronavirus Disease!
For more info about Coronavirus, please visit:
Or call the Southern Nevada Health District Helpline at 702-759-4636


A pediatric surgeon is genuinely concerned with the life of a child. From the newborn stage even up to a child’s later years in life, a pediatric surgeon is someone who will provide the child with the best care possible.


Most parents are clueless when it comes to preparing their child for surgery. A pediatric surgeon knows the techniques and tools to condition a child’s mind and body before the operation.


Pediatric surgeons receive specialized training in dealing with patients suffering from the effects of traumatic injuries which could require surgical care that only an experienced surgeon can provide.


Pediatric surgeons are adept at child psychology, an important skill when handling patients who require complex surgery and treatment. They are effective communicators who are skilled in talking with children and helping them get better at explaining how they’re feeling.


Unlike adults, little kids cannot always respond to medical questions and explain what causes them to feel sick. Pediatric surgeons have the skill to effectively communicate with children in a way the kids won’t find overwhelming or scary.


Pediatric surgeons have access to equipment and facilities specifically designed to address the health needs of children. These health specialists always make it a point to provide kids with a safe, comfortable, and nonthreatening environment.


Did you know that there are health problems among newborns that must be surgically treated immediately? An example is gastroschisis, a condition that calls for surgery within the first hour after the child is born.


The healthcare environment can either make your child scared or relaxed. Most pediatric surgery facilities have reading materials, toys, and fun videos that will help the little ones relax and not get scared about surgical procedures and treatments.


A pediatric surgeon is skilled and trained in performing delicate surgical procedures and treatment methods for babies. These surgeons have extensive knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of babies.


Pediatric surgery involves the collaboration of various medical experts. Pediatric surgeons work closely with pediatricians and neonatologists in determining the most appropriate and suited procedure or treatment for your child.


Even older children and those in their teenage years can still have fears about the operation they’re about to go through. Parents and pediatric surgeons work hand in hand in assuring the patient that there’s nothing to worry about.


Preparation is crucial in helping a child feel less scared and anxious about an upcoming surgery. The parents and the pediatric surgeon work together to prepare the child physically, emotionally, and mentally.


5775 S Fort Apache Rd, Ste 110
Las Vegas, NV

We are on the Tropicana 201A route:

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm


(702) 450-0003



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Hope you recover soon, Cam
Does she work for you guys if so she is a thief smh