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General Surgery

There are many specialist surgical areas that involve children however the term is used to describe the work of the general surgeon (rather than an ENT, orthopaedic surgeon etc) who treats children. There are two recognised type of paediatric surgeons, specialist paediatric surgeons and general paediatric surgeons.

The General Paediatric Surgeons at the Portland Hospital provide complex surgical treatment for newborn babies (neonatal surgery) and children to the age of 16 with major acquired or congenital conditions.  The surgeons also perform minor surgery for conditions such as appendicitis, hernia, undescended testes etc.  All of the general paediatric surgeons offer laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.

They are supported at The Portland Hospital by a wider team of healthcare specialists including radiologists, urologists, respiratory specialists, dietitians, gastroenterologists, intensivists and nurses to provide a multi-disciplinary approach in order to ensure a seamless patient journey for the child.

The Portland Hospital has three state of the art theatres and the paediatric unit is equipped with advanced medical technology and facilities. Should the need arise a 10-bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, 4-bedded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a 3-bedded Special Care Baby Unit are available with dedicated staff assigned to the children under their care.

Our four dedicated paediatric floors offer a comfortable, calm and reassuring ‘home from home’ environment to accommodate any length of stay with en-suite children’s rooms which can accommodate a parent, to stay with their child overnight.  The hospital also has a newly designed paediatric daycase unit with a dedicated play area.

General Paediatric Symptoms

Children will often be referred to a General Surgeon suffering from one (or a combination) of the symptoms listed below. It is very important that if your child is suffering from any one of these symptoms for an extended period of time then you seek advice from your GP or paediatrician who may refer you on to one of our specialists.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting  
  • Consistently bringing up milk (if under 12 months)
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Swelling around the testes
  • Abnormally sized/shaped testes
  • Vomiting Blood
  • Passing Blood with the Stool
  • Jaundice
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Heartburn

Common general paediatric surgical procedures performed at the Portland Hospital

  • Anorectal Anomaly
  • Antegrade Colonic Enema (Ace) Creation
  • Anti reflux surgery (fundoplication)
  • Appendicitis
  • Circumcision for medical reasons
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Duodenal Atresia
  • Exomphalos (Umbilical hernia)
  • Gall bladder surgery
  • Gastroschisis
  • Gastrostomy Insertion
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  •  Inguinal Hernias and Hydroceles
  • Intussusception
  • Malrotation And Volvulus
  • Necrotising Enterocolitis
  • Oesophageal Atresia with or without Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Removal of skin lumps
  • Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Tongue Tie Surgery
  • Umbilical and Epigastric Hernias
  • Undescended Testicles

General paediatric surgery consultants

Professor Paolo De Coppi
Miss Kate Cross
Mr Joe Curry
Mr Stefano Giuliani
Mr Eric Nicholls
Mr Bruce Okoye

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact our Children's Enquiry Line on 020 7390 8020.

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