CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC SURGERY (CHILDREN & NEW-BORN SURGERY)
CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC UROLOGY (GENITO-URINARY SURGERY)
CENTER FOR GASTRO-INTESTINAL & HEPATO-BILIARY SURGERY
“Our mission is to provide and promote excellence in the surgical care for children”.
“Child is not a small Adult” and, therefore, require expertise that can cater to their needs. Babies suffer from different problems, their physiology is different, they handle stress differently, and the principles of treatment are entirely different from adults.
Pediatric & Neonatal surgery is the field of medicine that deals with the surgical care of new-born babies, infants, and children to the age of 18 years. This branch is highly specialized not only because one has to handle very delicate and miniature tissues, but also it requires a great deal of patience, compassion and understanding to handle the little babies and their very anxious parents.
What is a Pediatric Surgeon?
Pediatric surgeons concentrate on the special surgical problems of children. We care for infants, children, and adolescents, and also help to counsel parents expecting a baby who may have been diagnosed before birth with a surgical problem. Pediatric surgeons are experienced in caring for the wide variety of problems children may have, ranging from hernias or appendicitis to cancer or serious congenital anomalies.
The Division of Pediatric Surgery performs state-of-the-art minimally invasive and routine operations for the full range of general, abdominal, thoracic, head and neck, pelvic, and soft tissue conditions including specialist expertise in:
The division undertakes all kinds of operations in children. These include:
General Pediatric Surgery – (Common Operations) - Conditions like a hernia, hydrocele, and undescended testis are very common in children. These conditions are best managed by an operation that is best done by a Pediatric surgeon. The operations are done as day cases and the child is sent home the same day.
Neonatal Surgery – These are operations done on new-born babies almost immediately after birth, for birth defects that if not corrected immediately will result in death. These operations are done for abnormalities like a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula, anorectal malformations (imperforate anus), abdominal wall defects, spina bifida and hydrocephalus among others.
Pediatric Urology – Abnormalities of the kidneys and bladder account for 40% of surgical cases in children. We perform operations on the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra in children including in new-born babies. These operations are done for conditions like hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux, and posterior urethral valves. Some of these operations are done endoscopically using a cystoscope.
Pediatric Gastrointestinal Surgery – Complicated operations on the gastrointestinal system, liver and bile ducts are routinely undertaken. These are done for conditions like an imperforate anus, Hirschsprung's dosease, biliary atresia, choledochal cyst among others Pediatric Thoracic Surgery - Operations on the lungs are commonly done, again mainly for abnormalities present since birth. We also perform bronchoscopies in children to remove inhaled foreign bodies from the air passages.
Pediatric Thoracic Surgery – Operations on the lungs are commonly done, again mainly for abnormalities present since birth. We also perform bronchoscopies in children to remove inhaled foreign bodies from the air passages.
Pediatric Plastic Surgery – Plastic reconstruction in childhood deformities like cleft lip, cleft palate and hypospadias repair are routinely undertaken with excellent results.
Oncology – (Pediatric Cancers) - Surgical treatment of childhood cancers like Wilms' tumor (tumor of the kidney), neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma.
Minimally invasive surgery – (Key-Hole Surgery) – There has been a changing trend in the faculty of Pediatric surgery with Minimally Invasive Surgery playing a bigger role in the management of surgery of children. Instrumentation is improving and the skills need to be acquired and augmented to enable safe surgery through a laparoscope in smaller with smaller babies, even neonates.
Antenatal Counselling – Help to counsel parents expecting a baby who may have been diagnosed before birth with a surgical problem.