Pediatric Surgery

Paediatric surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery, a branch of medicine that deals with children from their infancy to their teenage years. Although paediatric surgery also includes the diagnosis of the patient, it is more involved with the treatment, specifically surgical care. A paediatric surgeon, the term used for specialists in this field, develops the best treatment plan for the patient, conducts pre-operative examinations and preparations, and follows up on the patient's progress as part of the post-surgical care.

Surgery can be classified as major or minor, depending on the seriousness of the illness, the parts of the body affected the complexity of the operation, and the expected recovery time.

Major surgery. These are surgeries of the head, neck, chest, and some surgeries on the belly (abdomen). The recovery time can be lengthy and may involve a stay in intensive care or several days in the hospital. There is a higher risk of complications after such surgeries. In children,

 

  • Removal of brain tumors
  • Correction of bone malformations of the skull and face
  • Repair of congenital heart disease, transplantation of organs, and repair of intestinal malformations
  • Correction of spinal abnormalities and treatment of injuries sustained from major blunt trauma
  • Correction of problems in fetal development of the lungs, intestines, diaphragm, or anus.

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