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Splenectomy is an operation conducted to remove the spleen. The spleen plays a vital role in building immunity against bacterial infections, located in the uppermost area of the left hand side of the abdomen, just below the diaphragm. There are some specific requirements with regard to the immunizations as well as blood work that might need to be completed before this surgery takes place.
Why is Splenectomy need to be performed?
There are a number of chronic illnesses like Hereditary Spherocytosis or Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which make it a necessity to get a child’s spleen removed. Though it is a rare case but still any kind of trauma to the spleen along with uncontrolled bleeding can create a very serious situation, wherein an emergency might arise to get the spleen removed immediately.
Immunization of child before the operation
Before the surgery of Splenectomy is conducted, immunizations are given to children as a preventive against some specific kinds of infections that are most common for patients to arise after having undergone the surgery of Splenectomy.
How is the surgery performed?
The paediatric surgeon, who performs the surgery, need not require making a large incision for going about the process of operation. In most of the instances, a splenectomy is performed in the following manner, which includes:
- A laparoscopic way through which a Paediatric Surgeon makes use of a small telescope along with some instruments of miniaturized nature, while placing them through small band-aid sized cuts on the abdomen.
- The operation gets completed within three hours
- At the time of hospitalization, a child would receive intravenous fluids, antibiotics as well medicines to get relieve from any kind of pain.
- As and when the child feels as if he or she is fit enough, he or she would be allowed to eat, drink and also take medicines by mouth.
Essentials after the Surgery
After the surgery has taken place and the child returns home after a couple of days, there are certain essentials that require to be kept in mind:
- Pain Management: Management of pain is the very first thing which should be kept in mind. The medicines prescribed by doctor for dealing with pain are not required after getting discharged from the hospital.
- Most of the children would only need Acetaminophen or Ibuprophen once they get back home.
- Care for Dressings: One may remove the gauze and clear plastic, which are placed over the small cuts, a couple of days after the surgery. The skin that surrounds the incision might have a reddish tinge and look bruised, which can last for few weeks.
- Restrictions related to Activities: There are no real restrictions with regard to the resumption o regular activities. A child can go back to school as and when he or she feels totally comfortable.
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Laparoscopic surgery is becoming the standard of care for many pediatric conditions. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy are safe techniques with equivalent or even better results than open surgery in some situations. Laparoscopic procedures have been successfully performed in babies. An increasingly sophisticated and informed patient population often requests laparoscopy over open traditional procedures.The reason for the establishment of the subspecialty of pediatric surgery is the recognition of significant issues regarding the care of the pediatric surgical patients that warrant special attention. This is certainly applicable to minimally invasive surgery for pediatric patients. Anatomical and physiological differences in children may require a modification of the techniques used in adults. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy cause less tissue trauma and theoretically, less postoperative pain than open surgery.
COMMON PEDIATRIC PROCEDURES
Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal surgery - Cholecystectomy, Appendectomy, Splenectomy, Gastrostomy and Nissen Fundoplication, Intussusception, Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis – Pyloromyotomy, Intestinal Obstruction
Congenital anomalies - Duodenal atresia, duodenal stenosis, intestinal malrotation, imperforate anus with recto urethral and recto vesical fistula, Hirschsprung’s disease, Choledochal cyst, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and many others.
Laparoscopic renal surgery – Pyeloplasty, nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy has minimal estimated blood loss, less operative time, reduced hospital stay, low morbidity and rapid recovery.
Thoracoscopic pediatric procedures - Lung biopsy, drainage of empyema and decortication, mediastinal tumor biopsy, repair of diaphragmatic hernias and diaphragmatic eventration, repair of esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula, removal of pulmonary nodules and tumors, removal of blebs and pleurodesis, ligation of the thoracic duct.
The role of laparoscopy and thoracoscopy is well established in the treatment of penetrating and blunt trauma in the stable pediatric patient. Laparoscopic evaluation can guide the placement of the abdominal incision in tricky cases that need to be converted to laparotomy.
Robotic surgery is an advanced technology that enables the surgeon to perform a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures with advantage over standard laparoscopic surgery: - increased degrees of freedom, high quality of optical resolution and magnification, elimination of tremor and the ability to perform precise and expeditious intracorporeal suturing.
Children are not just small adults
Being a doctor involved with pediatric care, we have to understand the parents’ feelings and of course achieving the parents’ satisfaction in patient care. Along with these, taking care of ethical, cost effective and uncompromised quality of patient should be our priority.
Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. Pediatric surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. Surgical problems seen by pediatric surgeons are often quite different from those commonly seen by adult or general surgeons.
Pediatric surgeons specialize in the surgical care of children. They are surgeons who, by training, are oriented toward working with children and understanding their special needs. In addition, pediatric surgeons use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children.
Laparoscopy in children bears marked similarities to adult procedures, but experience with adult surgery does not sufficiently translate to safe surgery in pediatric patients. Pediatric procedures must be performed with a full understanding of the relevant anatomic and physiologic differences between pediatric and adult populations.