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Abdominal Surgical Conditions


While the majority of these conditions present acutely via emergency (e.g. appendicitis), there are some conditions that require outpatient referral and management.

Some of these common conditions are:

  • Gallstones

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD)

  • Gastroscopy for investigation of upper gastrointestinal conditions

  • Abdominal cysts e.g. mesenteric/duplications/omental cysts

  • Perianal disease e.g. abscess, fistula, fissures and skin tags.

Gallstones are increasingly more common in the paediatric population, and children with symptoms will require a key hole operation to remove the gallbladder.

Gastrooesophageal reflux (GORD) presents at a variety of ages with varying symptoms. It is commonly managed non-surgically, though severe or non-responsive cases may require surgical intervention. This is primarily performed via keyhole surgery and will require a short inpatient stay.

Inflammatory bowel disease is managed with medication initially under the care of a paediatric gastroenterologist. Ocassionally, and less and less commonly, surgical intervention in the form of bowel resection or management of perianal disease is required.

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