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Pediatric Surgery departments of Acıbadem Hospitals Group provide advanced diagnosis and treatment services for surgical diseases of infants, children and adolescents between the ages of 0-16.

Our units provide a wide array of services ranging from operations to correct severe congenital abnormalities and treatment of commonly encountered disorders of childhood such as hernia, appendicitis, undescended testicles, to infections and simple surgical procedures.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT SERVICES:

Pediatric Surgery department of Acıbadem Hospitals Group offers advanced diagnosis and treatment services for pediatric patients, while emphasizing on child psychology both before, and after the surgical procedure.

Some of the commonly encountered pediatric surgery disorders on which our department’s physicians specialize, are as follows:

Laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, endoscopic, cystoscopic procedures

Laparoscopic treatment of appendicitis in children

Inguinal hernias, hydroceles, cord cysts

Undescended testicles

Emergencies of testicles and scrotum (such as acute scrotum and testicular torsion, etc.)

Testicular torsion

Other emergencies of testicles and scrotum

Umbilical hernia

Umbilical granuloma

"Wry neck" disease (torticollis)

Labial adhesion

Bleeding from anus

Intestinal knot syndrome (invagination)

Rectal polyps (juvenile polyps)

Cuts or tears in the area of anus (anal fissure)

Constipation or fecal incontinence in children

Gastric outlet obstruction in infants (infantile pyloric stenosis)

Circumcision (for newborns and children) and urologic diseases of children (hypospadias , etc.)

Tumor surgery

Removal of foreign bodies from the respiratory and digestive tract

Single-stage treatment of Hirschsprung's disease

Congenital diseases of newborns (diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atresia, anal and intestinal atresias, etc.)

General anesthesia may be applied to infants and children under all required circumstances (all small and large-scale operations, circumcision, during examinations such as computerized tomography and magnetic resonance).

TECHNOLOGIES

Acıbadem Hospitals Group hospitals utilize state-of-the-art technology and products to provide advanced diagnostic-treatment services at medical units.

WHOLE-BODY MRI

Magnetic Resonance (MRI) is one of the most impressive diagnosis methods among new imaging techniques that are available today. This method enables early detection of tumoral masses, before the onset of disease symptoms. In cases which are difficult to detect using classical methods, MRI examinations facilitate diagnosing tumors. Parallel imaging and unifying software of the MRI device make it possible to obtain high quality imaging with optimal resolution in less than 30 minutes, while the patient comfortably lies on the mobile table of the device.

During the procedure, while the patient is inside a cylinder that creates a strong magnetic effect, the MRI device sends out radio waves that excite the hydrogen atoms in the patient's body to release energy. Data pertaining to thousands of hydrogen atoms that are moved due to magnetic effect are stored in the computer. Examination of such data provides extremely accurate and high quality imaging for the patient.

3 TESLA INTRAOPERATIVE MRI

3 Tesla Intraoperative MRI is an advanced imaging technology. In addition to being used for whole-body imaging, it also facilitates complete removal of tumors by providing rapid imaging during brain surgeries. The system allows imaging during the operation, and enables the surgeon to examine any point he may require in a sterile environment, before closing the surgical area and without waking the patient. This provides the surgeon with information on the size and location of the tumor, even if it is located in a difficult-to-reach area. As risks such as failure to fully remove all residues, causing damage to functional areas and operating on wrong area are eliminated, a second operation is not required.

FLASH CT

Flash CT is the world's fastest CT scanner with the lowest dose of radiation. It allows imaging for almost all parts of the body and in particular, for cardiac and lung screening.  Due to its capability to provide very rapid imaging with low radiation dose, it particularly facilitates cardiac check-up programs to a great extent. The Flash CT can perform a whole-body scan in 4 seconds, and a cardiac angiography scan in 0.6 seconds, and the patients no longer need to hold their breath.  Freedom of movement during the scan and decreased scan time offer trauma patients, pediatric patients and obese patients significant advantages.

TRILOGY

Trilogy is a Linear Accelerator (LINAC) that comprises three different radiotherapy methods; namely, IGRT, IMRT and SRT/SRC. Trilogy is used for both diagnosis and treatment purposes, and provides significant advantages to the patient. IGRT allows image guided radiotherapy. IMRT allows intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Thus, the intensity of radiation in areas being treated can be adjusted to achieve an almost ideal dose distribution. While tumors are delivered highly concentrated doses of radiation, the surrounding healthy tissues are protected a maximum extent.  SRT/SRC technology allows point-by-point radiation. Using this technology, it is possible to better focus radiation on very small tumors of a few millimeters. Again, while the tumor is delivered high doses of radiation, the surrounding healthy tissues receive less radiation.

RAPIDARC

RapidArc is a cancer treatment device that employs a high technology referred to as the "Volumetric Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy". Decreasing the duration of imaging and radiotherapy from 15-30 minutes to just 2 minutes, RapidArc offers greater comfort and convenience for patients. Unlike other devices, RapidArc is capable of delivering radiation while it is in motion, during a 360 degree rotation around the patient. This provides a much faster treatment, where the patient is less likely to move during treatment. Using RapidArc, a Linear Accelerator (LINAC), duration of implementing IGRT on patients decreases to 2 minutes, and the patient remains at the table for another 2 minutes. This means that the entire procedure, which used to take up to 30-45 minutes using older methods, is completed in 4 minutes.

da VINCI

Developed by NASA to enable surgeons on earth to operate on astronauts in space, the ‘da VINCI’ robot, operates through micro incisions and enables 3 dimensional imaging. Thus, even the most difficult operations are performed with ease. The robot only requires a physician who guides it through a console located outside of the operational zone.

It is used in several areas; primarily urology, cardiovascular surgery, general surgery, ear-nose and throat and gynecology.

Pediatric Surgery in Acıbadem