At Cedarcrest Hospitals our Paediatric surgery unit deals with the diagnosis and treatment (operative and non operative) of children (usually up to 18 years of age) who may require surgery. It includes non-cardiac thoracic surgery, general paediatric surgery, oncological surgery, urology in children and the management of congenital abnormalities both ante-natally and in the neonatal period.
Our Paediatric Surgery unit consists of
• Neonatal surgery – this involves the surgical correction of congenital abnormalities in the newborn period.
• The surgical management of children with rare conditions that require specialist expertise – some children have unusual conditions (e.g. cystic hygromas or Hirschsprung’s disease which require specialist care)
• Management of children who have complex medical conditions – some children have other medical problems that might complicate surgery or make it more hazardous (e.g. poorly controlled diabetes or heart problems) and these children might need to be referred to a specialist centre, like Temple Street, even for minor surgery if their condition becomes serious
• Paediatric urology – this encompasses surgery on the renal and reproductive tracts of children
• Adolescent and young people’s surgery
• General paediatric surgery – this refers to the surgery of relatively common conditions that do not usually require a specialist unit. These conditions can either be elective e.g. the repair of a hernia, hydrocele, correction of undescended testis, circumcision, or excision of minor lumps. Alternatively, the operations may be emergency procedures e.g. appendicectomy, or torsion of testis