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Paediatric surgery

Many "adult" surgical specialties are involved in the surgical care of children including general surgery, urology, ENT, orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmic surgery, plastic surgery and oral surgery. Such surgery is undertaken mostly in district general hospitals. The surgeons involved deal mostly with adult patients and usually will not have received much specialised paediatric training.

Specialist paediatric surgery includes; neonatal surgery (mostly the surgery of congenital abnormalities); major intestinal surgery of infants and children; major trauma surgery; children's cancer surgery and paediatric urology. In addition, non-specialist paediatric surgery may include the management of minor common problems such as hernia, circumcision, undescended testis etc.

On-call commitments vary, however, the emergency work load is usually varied and interesting and never routine or dull. It is a rewarding but busy career choice.

Personal qualities should include:

  • ability to know ones limits
  • ability to make a decision
  • logical thought processes
  • dexterity
  • teaching, training and presentation skills
  • good communication skills - both with parents and specialists in other disciplines
  • in comparison with some branches of surgery, possibly more patience and care with tissues are needed

Further information

For further information on this specialty, please contact:

Royal College of Surgeons of England
25-43 Lincolns Inn Fields
Tel: 0207 405 3474
Website: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Nicolson Street
Website: www.rcsed.ac.uk Email: outreach@rcsed.ac.uk

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