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General Paediatric Surgery

  • What is General Paediatric Surgery?

    Paediatric surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that involves surgical procedures carried out on foetuses, infants, children and adolescents. Subspecialisations within paediatric surgery include foetal surgery (performed on a foetus in the womb), neonatal surgery (performed on newborns), cardiothoracic (heart) surgery, neurology (human nervous system), urology (urinary tract) and nephrology (kidney).

    Paediatric surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures to treat conditions that require surgical intervention. General paediatric surgery requires multidisciplinary participation from paediatric gastroenterologists, paediatric respiratory physicians, paediatric endocrinologists, dietitians and speech therapists.

  • Paediatric surgery can be used to manage and treat various children’s conditions that require surgical intervention. Paediatric surgeons can carry out prenatal ultrasound examination on foetuses inside the womb, in collaboration with radiologists, to diagnose foetal abnormalities. Depending on the results, they can plan corrective surgery and offer educational programmes for the parents. Paediatric surgeons can also perform neonatal surgeries on ill or high-risk newborns and can also treat life-threatening congenital birth defects.

    Children might also suffer from traumatic injuries or from benign and malignant tumours that require surgical care for the resection of the tumours. Other common types of paediatric surgery include ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures, such as tonsillectomy (tonsil removal) and placement of tubes in the ears. Paediatric surgeons also work with other specialists to treat abnormalities of the kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal tract, as well as perform a wide range of other paediatric surgeries.

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