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Pediatric Surgery

Paediatric surgery is a sub-specialisation of surgery for performing procedures on foetuses, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Surgical interventions may be needed for the treatment of diseases, trauma or birth defects. When your child needs surgery, it can be overwhelming and sometimes, scary. Our highly skilled paediatric surgeons at Medcare Women and Children Hospital apply years of experience and specialised training to offer individualised care for your child. Our paediatric surgery department offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic services to treat conditions and disorders of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Our mission is to provide family-centred patient care of the highest quality to make the therapeutic journey as comfortable as possible. 

Interdisciplinary Approach

Paediatric surgeons apply a holistic approach to treating medical conditions in children as young as newborns, in minimally invasive methods whenever possible. Multidisciplinary teams of surgeons and physicians work together to handle all the surgical and medical needs of this age group:

The paediatric surgery department works closely with the following units during the post-operative, and often time, pre-operative periods:

  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU); specialises in the care of critically ill newborns.
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); specialises in the care of critically ill children and teens.

Areas of Expertise

Children aren’t always able to say what is bothering them and cannot always answer medical questions precisely. Our surgeons specialise in diagnosing, understanding, and treating the medical problems of children from birth through adolescence. 

General paediatric surgery

  • Burns management
  • Circumcision at any age
  • Repair of all kinds of hernia
  • Undescended testes and Hydrocele
  • Hypospadias and other congenital malformations
  • Urinary system malformations like posterior urethral valve and pelvic ureteric junction obstruction
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic cystoscopy

Digestive system

  • Oesophageal malformations
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Bowel atresia
  • Appendicitis
  • Biliary colic
  • Anorectal malformations

Thoracic surgery

  • Congenital malformations
  • Pneumothorax and empyema management
  • Oesophageal surgeries

ENT surgery    

  • Tonsillitis
  • Enlarged adenoids
  • Cleft palate
  • Cleft lip
  • Microtia


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  • I have been told my new-born baby may need surgery. How will I feed her after surgery?

    A: The paediatrician will advise you on the best way to feed your baby just after surgery. Some babies are able to take breastmilk or a bottle. In some conditions, the doctors may need to use a tube through the nose to deliver nutrition, or directly to the stomach, or total parenteral nutrition (TPN) given in a vein.

  • What special care do I need to take when my child returns home after surgery?

    A: When you are taking your child home after surgery, discuss these aspects with the paediatrician, and provide home-care accordingly.

    • Prescriptions for medications.
    • Any instructions for dressing the wound.
    • What your child is allowed to do or not do?
    • What are the signs and symptoms that you should watch out for?
    • When your child can resume normal play or school?
    • When can they have a shower?
    • When do you need to bring them to the hospital for a follow up visit?


  • My toddler has pain after surgery. What can I do?

    A: There are ways in which you can help your toddler cope with the pain.

    • Distract the child with stories, songs, music and conversation.
    • Reassure your child by holding their hand, cuddling and gently massaging them.
    • Create a safe and soothing ambience with soft sounds, music and their favourite toys or things.

Last update date: 21-03-2023

Dr. Mazen Salown has done his medical studies in the Medical Faculty at Al Fateh University in Lybia, where he got a medical doctor degree in 2001. His residency for general surgery were done at Damascus University (Syria).

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