Department of Pediatric Surgery
Children are not ‘little adults’, more so when they require surgical interventions. In the context, Pediatric Surgery is the specialty that provides holistic care to children with surgical problems, from newborns to adolescents. The need for this specialization stems from the fact that unlike adults, children require special care during illness because not only is their routine interrupted, but also their growth and development. As such, surgical interventions may have long-term implications unless managed appropriately. Additionally, certain developmental abnormalities, which may be associated with other organ defects, need to be detected, evaluated and managed even though they may not manifest clinically.
Parents are often apprehensive about their little ones tolerating surgery, anesthesia, and associated procedures, and therefore, postpone seeking advice. It is reassuring that in recent times, all operative procedures in children are supported by professionals capable of managing children e.g. pediatricians and neonatologists, anesthetists, nutritionists, physiotherapists etc.
A child’s growing body is a dynamic system. it reaches its milestones in a systematic or programmed manner. Disease manifestations are often a window into an erroneous program. Defects in this program need to be detected in time and resolved early. With children’s, it is always better early than sorry.
Pediatric Surgeons are adept in handling fine surgeries in babies. They are experts in managing the ‘child with a surgical problem’, and not just the ‘surgical problem’ in a child. Children requiring pediatric surgical consultation are not only those with obvious external structural defects, but also children with a lot of other internal structural and functional deficiencies. These may involve any organ from head to toe. Some of these deficiencies could have been picked up by ultrasonography done during pregnancy, and need counseling and planned evaluation after delivery to prevent any loss of structure or function of the organs involved. Very few hospitals have fulltime pediatric surgical expertise available round the clock, as also the necessary infrastructure to investigate and manage/operate on precious little children.
In Priyanka Nursing Home And Ultrasound Centre the Department of Pediatric Surgery is run on full time basis and the services offered are: