Paediatric Surgery

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Paediatric Surgery

The paediatric surgery department is tasked with diagnosing conditions requiring surgical intervention in children from birth to the age of 18. They then perform these operations using specifically developed methods. The scope of pediatric surgery includes both the preparatory process and post-operative recovery. With advances in imaging techniques and interventional procedures in recent years, this discipline also includes interventions in the uterus.

The main reason for the existence of paediatric surgery as a separate discipline from general adult surgery is that children's bodies are constantly growing and changing until they reach the age of 18. Paediatric surgeons must take this constant development into account and determine the specific details of each surgery on this basis.

The conditions that fall within the domain of paediatric surgery are numerous because of the changes and growth that take place in the bodies of patients within the relevant age group. Examples of such conditions include congenital malformations, respiratory problems, hernias, testicular disorders, curvatures of the spine, tumours and injuries due to environmental factors. Due to the wide range of surgical procedures, it is very important for paediatric surgeons to build extensive expertise in their field.