Surgery at any age can be scary. When it’s your child, you want to know they are being cared for by a team that specializes in pediatric surgery.
Pediatric Surgery is the super specialty that provides holistic care to children with surgical problems, from newborns to adolescents. The need for this specialisation stems from the fact that, unlike adults, children require special care during illness, not only because is their routine interrupted, but also their growth and development.
With children, 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 abnormalities. These may involve any organ from head to toe. Some of these abnormalities 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. We have full-time pediatric surgical expertise available round the clock, as also the necessary infrastructure to investigate and manage/operate on precious little children.
Parents are often apprehensive about their little ones tolerating surgery, anaesthesia, 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. paediatricians and neonatologists, anaesthetists, intensivists nutritionists, etc.
Aster MIMS Pediatric surgery team is among the most experienced and dynamic in North Kerala, performing hundreds of major and minor procedures annually. The team also provides consultation and care of pediatric surgical patients presenting in the hospital’s Outpatient and Emergency departments. The Team also works together with the Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine to provide pre and postoperative medical attention for patients in need of intensive care.
Our multidisciplinary care team includes expert pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and support staff, all dedicated to the care of infants and children. Because we know surgery may just be one part of your child’s care, our pediatric surgery team works together with other pediatric subspecialities, such as Pediatric medicine, neonatology, Pediatric gastroenterology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, Hemato Oncology, otolaryngology, and cardiology to ensure a complete and comprehensive plan of care. Because we all work together, this helps us determine what surgery is the best option for your child.
Department of Pediatric Surgery is run on a full-time basis and the services offered are but are not limited to.
Urological problems in children are the commonest and may manifest as urinary infections, persistent bed wetting, urgency or frequency of urination, dribbling of urine, poor, urinary, stream, absence of testes from the scrotum, swelling in the groin, ballooning or non-retractable foreskin of the penis, abnormally placed external urinary opening, ambiguous genitalia, etc.
Some of the pediatric urological procedures include:
- Pyeloplasty for hydronephrosis (Enlarged kidney due to block)
- Endourological ablation of posterior urethral valves
- Treatment of vesico ureteric reflux.
- Neurogenic bladder management
- Laparoscopic treatment of undescended testes.
- Urethroplasty for hypospadias (abnormally sited external urinary opening)
- Circumcision for phimosis
- Complex urological reconstructive procedures
Pediatric Airway and Thoracic Procedures
These include endoscopic removal of ingested or aspirated foreign bodies, which is a common emergency in toddlers and little children who generally tend to put small objects in their mouth/nose, and then choke on
Other surgeries include minimally invasive surgery (thoracoscopy) and surgery for structural airway and lung problems like Empyema, Lobar Emphysema, and Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation/Diaphragmatic Hernia/Eventration of the diaphragm.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries
Keeping with the trend of minimally invasive surgery the department has made rapid strides in laparoscopic surgery. The procedures done are appendicectomy, cholecystectomy, orchidopexy, and diagnostic laparoscopy/Meckel's diverticulectomy/ Ladd’s procedure / Adhesiolysis / Lap biopsy. These techniques lead to a significant reduction in the size of the incision, post-operation pain, hospital stay, and complications.
Pediatric Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic Obstructions
Diseases include Congenital Obstructive diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and jaundice due to obstruction of the bile ducts. Surgeries are performed for removing these obstructions.
Pediatric Oncosurgery - Solid Cancers in Children
Unlike in adults, these conditions are generally curable in children. Some of these are Nephroblastoma/Wilms (Cancer of the kidney), Neuroblastoma, Hepatoblastoma (Cancer of the Liver), Rhabdomyosarcoma, Germ cell tumors, etc.
Day Care Surgeries
Several common surgeries, which earlier required hospitalization, are now done as 'Day-care surgeries' where patients are admitted and discharged on the same day. These include circumcision, surgeries for hernias, hydrocele, undescended testes, etc. We strongly Implement the ERAS (Early Recovery After Surgery) Protocol.
Why choose Aster MIMS Calicut for Pediatric surgery
- Quality is our motto —> Aster Pediatric Surgery team focuses on quality of care as the primary Outcome.
- The pediatric surgeons’ practice is fully dedicated to the surgical care of children. The surgical team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for evaluation and treatment of children.
- Fast workup for complex cases. Pediatric experts from a variety of specialties quickly come together as a team to thoroughly test and evaluate your child - no matter how complicated the issues are - providing rapid results and the best treatment plan tailored to your child's needs.
- Extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery. Pediatric surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. This typically results in smaller incisions, less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery for your child, compared with open surgery.
- Up-to-date Surgical Techniques and Medical Breakthroughs.
- Neonatal And Infant Laparoscopy And Thoracoscopy
- Pediatric Laparoscopy & Thoracoscopy
- Pediatric Urology
- Pediatric Surgical Oncology
- Pediatric Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Pediatric Ano-Colo-Rectal Surgery
- Pediatric Hepatobiliary And Pancreatic Surgery
- General Pediatric Surgery
We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.
Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.
How often should my child see the paediatrician?
Your child should not only see the paediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or check-ups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another.
Are vaccines safe?
Vaccines are extremely safe and serious side effects are rare. Almost all sickness or discomfort after vaccination is minor and temporary, such as soreness at the injection site or mild fever.
Why is immunization important for a child's health?
Immunization is a simple and effective way of protecting children from serious diseases. Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease.
Why should I come to Aster MIMS hospital for Paediatric treatment?
Aster MIMS Hospital has a wide range of paediatric services and treatments that are available under one roof. We believe that children deserve to be treated with understanding and care and to receive the highest quality health care. Aster Mims is specifically designed to take care of the whole child through a family-centred approach to medicine.