Instances may occur where your child may require general surgery or your pediatrician may recommend a surgical consult. Some of the most common types of pediatric general surgery include tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, cryptorchidism, ear tubes, umbilical hernia repair, appendectomy and pyloric stenosis.
Initially, a diagnosis is made at birth or closely monitored until the child is strong enough or physically mature enough to undergo surgery. A surgeon who specializes in general surgery can perform surgeries on the abdomen, chest and other areas in accordance with the current diagnosis, treatment plan and approval from your child's primary doctor. Chances are your pediatrician or family doctor won't be performing the general surgery. A referral may be necessary, and checking the surgeon's references and Angie's List member reviews may help you make the best decision for your child's surgery.
Hearing that your child may require surgery can be an unsettling experience, especially when you have unanswered questions regarding the operation and recovery after the operation. In most cases, pediatric general surgery is performed to relieve a condition and improve a child's health.
Pediatrics generally covers patients up to 18 or 21 years of age, depending on the pediatrician and his or her business practices. Some pediatricians or pediatric surgeons treat only children up to 13 years of age, so you should discuss this issue with the clinical staff before scheduling a consult with your surgeon. A skilled surgeon who is trained and board certified in surgical procedures will discuss what your child can expect in terms of the success rate of the surgery. General surgery in pediatrics covers a broad range of surgical procedures, and your child's surgeon may or may not be specialized in one particular area.