What is pediatric surgery?
Pediatric surgery is a comparatively young surgical field. An independent specialist in pediatric surgery has existed since 1992. Although there was a specialist in pediatric surgery in the GDR as early as 1955, a sub-specialization in pediatric surgery for surgeons in the Federal Republic was only possible since 1968.
The advanced training is regulated in the state-specific advanced training regulations and is based on the requirements of the German Medical Association. A further training period of at least 6 years is required to obtain the title of specialist doctor. During this time, in addition to basic surgical and pediatric knowledge, the entire spectrum of pediatric surgery in theory and practice must be learned.
The field of pediatric surgery is extremely diverse due to the subgroups included. In addition to the fields of general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, tumor surgery, trauma surgery and visceral surgery, a number of other disciplines such as gastroenterology, ear, nose and throat medicine, pediatric and adolescent medicine and urology are part of the daily work. It is important to pay attention to the special features of children and to appropriately adapted therapy strategies. In addition to treating the children, it is important to include the parents in the entire process in a suitable manner, to obtain consent and to do educational work.
From our point of view, pediatric surgery is the most fascinating subject in medicine! We pediatric surgeons look after children and adolescents of all age groups – and that “from curls to socks”. While the other surgical disciplines are broadly divided (trauma surgery, “abdominal” surgery, “lung” surgery, urology, operative gynecology, etc.), pediatric surgery encompasses almost all surgical diseases in people up to the age of 16.
The focus of the work of the pediatric surgeon is undoubtedly the correction of congenital malformations. But even premature babies from the 24th week of pregnancy with a body “weight” of almost 500 grams often have serious illnesses that can only be treated surgically. Up to the first year of life, all children should definitely be operated on by a children’s surgeon. Of course, we are of the opinion that beyond the first year of life, all conditions (environment, anesthesia, care, surgeon) must be tailored to the patient and recommend visiting a pediatric medicine facility well into adolescence.
Pediatric trauma surgery (pediatric trauma) is also a focus of pediatric surgeons and a real specialty because the growing skeleton has a number of peculiarities that the attending physician must take into account. Even the assessment of an X-ray image of the child has to be learned and trained, because the cartilaginous growth plates can lead to confusion and misdiagnosis.
Paediatric Surgeon :
A pediatric surgeon fulfills the role of general , visceral , thoracic and plastic surgeon at the same time when looking after his small patients (children from birth up to the age of sixteen) . His field of work is therefore very extensive and ranges from congenital or acquired defects to broken bones to tumor diseases. The focus is always on the patient’s entire body, because childhood diseases often affect several organ systems and must therefore be treated as a whole.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best Brisbane paediatric surgeon gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top paediatric surgeon Brisbane. To help you find the best paediatric surgeon Brisbane located near to you, we put together our own list based on patient reviews.
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⇒ Dr Craig McBride
Dr Craig McBride is a Senior Staff Specialist Paediatric Surgeon at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. He is a researcher, medical educator, editor and author.
- Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopy
- Thoracoscopy. Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Hepatobiliary Surgery, Thoracics, Burns, Trauma
Phone: 07 3172 6739
⇒ Dr Ivan Astori
Dr Ivan Astori is a Queensland-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He specialises in adult lower limbs and paediatric orthopaedics. He has a special interest in reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee in adults, particularly the use of osteotomies (bone redirection) to preserve these joints and avoid the need for joint replacement. He has an active practice in knee and hip replacement surgeries including unicompartmental knee replacement.
- adult lower limbs and paediatric orthopaedics
- reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee in adults
- operative and non-operative treatment of athletes and their sporting injuries
⇒ Dr Bhavesh Patel
Dr Bhavesh Patel is a Paediatric Surgeon with interests in minimally invasive surgery, general paediatric, neonatal, gastrointestinal surgery and urology including hypospadias. Dr Patel was brought up in New Zealand and trained in the major centres within Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton before moving across to Australia and completing his training in Brisbane and Sydney. He was appointed as a staff specialist paediatric surgeon at Royal Children’s Hospital, Mater Children’s Hospital and Nambour General Hospital in February 2011.
- Paediatric and Neonatal Surgery
- Laparoscopy, Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Urology, Hypospadias
⇒ Dr Deborah Bailey
Dr Deborah Bailey – Surgical Training in Brisbane, Melbourne and Bristol. VMO in Royal Childrens Hospital in Burns and Paediatric Surgery before developing the first paediatric surgical service on Gold Coast and Tweed Heads 14 years ago (with inreach to Mater Childrens Hospital). Associate Professor at Bond and Griffith Medical Schools. Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Board of Paediatric Surgery for six years. Inaugural chair of Queensland Clinical Services Framework surgical Services for Children committee.
- Paediatric Urology, Thoracic and Burns Surgery
⇒ Dr David Bade
Dr David Bade has extensive general paediatric orthopaedic experience, however his special interests include disorders of the hip (hip dysplasia, Perthes disease, slipped femoral epiphyses), sporting injuries, trauma/fractures, and neuromuscular conditions. David’s adult orthopaedic interests include hip and knee arthroplasty, sporting injuries, joint reconstructions, foot and ankle conditions, and trauma.
- paediatric orthopaedic Surgery
- Adult orthopaedics Surgery
⇒ Dr Sheanna Maine
Dr Sheanna Maine is an Adult Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Limb Reconstruction. Sheanna currently operates at North West Private and Brisbane Private Hospitals. Her Public appointments include the Queensland Children’s Hospital as a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Brisbane and at Redcliffe Hospital in Adult Lower Limb Orthopaedic surgery.
- Primary Total Hip replacement, Primary Total Knee replacement
- Adult and Paediatric Sports Injury
- General Paediatric Orthopaedics
⇒ Dr. Mark Shillington
Dr. Mark Shillington is a Queensland trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the management of knee, shoulder, and hip conditions. He has a special interest in paediatric and adult sports injuries. Dr Shillington initially completed a physiotherapy degree at The University of Queensland in 2001 and then progressed to attain his medical degree in 2005. In 2009 he was awarded a Masters of Engineering by Queensland University of Technology for research into the biomechanics of orthopaedic implants.
- Management of knee, shoulder, and hip conditions
- paediatric and adult sports injuries
⇒ Dr Jonathan Askew
Dr Jonathan Askew was educated in Brisbane, and graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School. He completed his specialty training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ENT Surgery), in Queensland. He spent an additional Fellowship year in Oxford, UK, gaining further expertise in endoscopic sinus surgery and paediatric ENT surgery.
- Endoscopic sinus and nasal surgery
- paediatric ENT surgery