As surgical care for children is quite different from the care for adults, it’s important to know the difference. Pediatric surgery is a field of medicine that deals with different operations that have to be performed on children. Here are five things you should consider before deciding on whether to perform this on your child or not.
Smaller patient size
The patient’s size is a major factor in pediatric surgery. For example, pediatric surgeons can operate on infants, children, or adolescents. Adult surgeons can also treat children, but they are not always familiar with children’s growth, developmental issues, and complications.
Age limits (fetal surgery)
Pediatric surgeons may perform fetal surgery if the fetus has a congenital abnormality that will require surgery after birth. Pediatric surgeons are also trained to care for premature infants who are also underweight.
The ethical aspect plays an important role in pediatric surgery. Many conditions require complex management, but the parents want them to be managed conservatively and sometimes not at all.
Different organs and systems
Pediatric surgeons treat various diseases involving different organs and systems. They require sound knowledge about many different organs and diseases to make proper management decisions.
Lack of significant disease burden
There are generally fewer cases of each condition in kids than in adults. Still, those conditions can be much more severe and lead to lifelong problems requiring prolonged treatment.
Pediatric surgery is a rapidly growing field, and parents must know how to recognize warning signs and symptoms. If you are concerned about your kid’s health during surgery, then contact Dr. Vishesh Dikshit at Pune.
About Dr. Vishesh Dikshit
Dr. Vishesh Dikshit graduated from Govt. Medical College Calicut, Kerala, in 2004 with an MBBS degree in medicine. MS in General Surgery from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College in Sion, Mumbai, in 2012, and MCh in Pediatric Surgery from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College in Sion, Mumbai, in 2015.
He worked as a faculty and instructor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Sion Hospital for five years after completing his studies. He was actively involved in the care of a range of Pediatric and Neonatal surgical illnesses during his employment as a Lecturer and subsequently as an Associate Professor, and he continually improved his abilities, particularly in the field of Minimal Access Surgery.