Pediatric surgery

Paediatric surgery is a branch of surgery concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and management of surgical conditions in children, from newborns to adolescents.

Paediatric surgeons are specially trained doctors who have expertise in performing surgical procedures on children and are dedicated to the compassionate care of young patients and their families.

Paediatric surgery covers a wide range of conditions and procedures, including:

  • Birth defects: paediatric surgeons are trained to correct congenital malformations such as cleft lip and palate, hernias and diaphragmatic hernias.
  • Trauma: Children are at risk from a variety of injuries, including broken bones, head injuries and burns. Paediatric surgeons are trained to provide emergency care and surgical treatment for these injuries.
  • Cancer: Paediatric surgeons work with other healthcare providers to diagnose and treat cancers in children, such as neuroblastoma, Wilms tumour and leukaemia.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: Paediatric surgeons treat a range of gastrointestinal disorders in children, e.g. appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease and morbus.
  • Urological disorders: Paediatric surgeons are trained to treat a range of urological conditions in children, e.g. hypospadias, undescended testis and vesicoureteral reflux.

Paediatric surgeons must take into account the particular physiology, anatomy and developmental stage of their patients when planning and performing surgery. They work closely with paediatricians, anaesthetists and other medical professionals to ensure that their patients receive comprehensive and compassionate care.

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