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The St George’s department of paediatric surgery and urology is well renowned for its expertise in keyhole surgery in neonates and young children. We are world renowned for our paediatric oncological surgery and attract referrals from throughout the UK and Europe in relation to our comprehensive combined surgical team approach. In addition we are leaders in the management of anorectal malformations, thoracic conditions, hirschsprung’s disease and gastro-oesophageal reflux. The unit prides itself in delivering quality care close to home and thus has created a network of interlinked partnership with local district general hospitals in South West London. We provide both surgery and/or clinics n Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, Kingston University Hospital, St Peter’s Foundation Trust in Chertsey, Croydon University Hospital, Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospitals along with The Royal Surrey Hospital.

Emergency Surgery in Children

St George’s Hospital is the regional center of excellence for emergency surgical conditions in children. It has a paediatric intensive care unit, and a full range of tertiary specialties such as cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, interventional radiology all under one roof. This means that when a child is seriously unwell and needs an urgent operation, all the expertise required for a successful outcome is available immediately in one place.

General Surgery of Childhood

General surgery is usually carried out in a daycase setting allowing children to be discharged from hospital on the same day after a minor procedure. Examples of conditions the team sees are “lumps and bumps”, hernias, hydroceles, circumscision and tongue ties. Where possible, we would operate on these children at their local district general hospital saving  them a journey to Tooting. We also provide this full range of operations at St Georges, mainly for our local population of Wandsworth.

Specialist Paediatric Surgery

Our team of paediatric surgeons provide care for the full spectrum of complex paediatric surgical conditions including: Neonatal surgery

St George’s is the tertiary center for the care of babies born with conditions requiring surgery, or who acquire surgical conditions. Our state of the art neonatal unit  provides all the intensive care required even for the smallest babies. We work closely with our team of neonatal doctors, nurses and specialist nurses to provide a complete package of care. We treat many conditions includeing; anorectal anomalies, Hirschsprungs disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, oesophageal atresia, bowel atresoas and abdominal wall defects such as gastroschisis and exomphalos, malrotation, necrotising enterocolitis.

Oncology surgery

St George’s, working in partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital, provide holistic care for children with cancer with our team of oncologists, radiologists, specialist nurses and paediatric surgeons. The paediatric oncology surgeons provide a state of the art surgical service for children with cancer and we have a world class reputation for the medical and surgical treatment of tumours such as neuroblastoma, wilms tumour, sarcomas and lymphomas.

Thoracic surgery

St George’s Hospital is a center of excellence for the care of children with chest disorders ranging from congenital lung lesions such as cystic adenomatoid malformations and lung  sequestrations to severe chest infections such as empyema thoracis. Working in partnership with the department of cardiothoracic surgery we also provide a service for the correction of pectus deformities of the chest.

Vascular anomalies

Working with a multidisciplinary team of paediatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and interventional radiologists, we provide holistic care for children with  rare conditions including haemangiomas, lymphangiomas and arterio – venous  malformations. We are part of a multidisciplinary team involving gastro enterologists and specialist nurses

Lower gastrointestinal surgery

St George’s is a regional center for the management of children with complex lower gastrointestinal problems such as anorectal anomalies and hirschsprungs disease. We are also the regional center for the surgical care of children with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohns disease and Ulcerative colitis.

Minimally invasive surgery

The paediatric surgery team at St George’s are experts in using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy) to operate on children using cutting edge technology. This removes the need for large incisions, reducing pain and length of hospital stay and reduces scarring. We are one of the few centres in the world to apply laparoscopic techniques in small babies.

Antenatal Counselling

Many abnormalities are detected on routine ultrasound scanning of pregnant mothers, and some of these conditions will require surgical intervention after birth. Our paediatric surgeons provide a detailed antenatal counselling service for parents explaining the conditions, the likely outcomes and the surgical management, helping to reduce anxiety. The parents are therefore able to meet the team before their babies are born and gain a better understanding of the care their baby will receive. This also allows us to plan the optimal time and method of delivery.

Patient information Leaflets

Neonatal Patient information Leaflets