Medical innovations have made it possible to check the health of a baby, even when it is still in the womb. However, once born, and until they are a teenager, they may still contract diseases of varying severity, some requiring surgery. Surangkana Techapaitoon, M.D., Hospital Director of Samitivej Children’s Hospital, commented that, the treatment of children is a very delicate process. The preparation and expertise of the doctor is extremely important, as is the medical equipment used, which has to be size specific to the child patient.
The opening of the Newborn and Pediatric Surgery Center, can be seen as another step forward in the development of Samitivej Hospital. The center serves as a pediatric surgery hub for the Asia-Pacific region, performing operations on critically ill infants and children in crisis, with roughly 50% of the center’s patients flying in from abroad. The center is staffed by a team of over 20 pediatric surgeons, with the experience and expertise necessary to operate on children of all ages, from newborn infants to premature babies, who can weigh as little as 500 grams. The entire process is facilitated by the center’s specialized departments and outstanding facilities, including a Pediatric Surgery Outpatient Department and Post-Surgery Inpatient Ward. However, the most outstanding feature is the ability of the pediatric surgery team, utilizing the latest surgical technology to perform Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery, assisted by Laparoscopic surgery. This type of surgery is performed by inserting the endoscope through the abdominal wall, requiring just a tiny incision, as small as 2 millimeters in diameter. The incision is so small that it minimizes postoperative trauma, reducing recovery time by 1-2 days. This method also halves the rate of infection compared to traditional surgeries, which mainly require larger incisions. Minimally invasive surgery can be used for procedures on the appendix, spleen, intestines, testicles and also for treatment involving gallstones, hernias, tumors, diagnostic surgeries and more.
The pediatric surgery team is led by Lantom Tonvichien, M.D., Thailand’s leading pediatric surgeon and Head of the Newborn and Pediatric Surgery Center at Samitivej Children’s Hospital. With expertise in many types of surgery, such as brain, heart, lung and respiratory tract, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, and child scoliosis, parents can have confidence in this team of pediatric surgeons. These combined specializations are known as, head-to-toe expertise. Adding to the surgical expertise of the center are the doctors and medical team who perform Laparoscopic Surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery. In particular, Wannisa Poocharoen, M.D, Supatra Chareekaew, M.D. and Orapich Kayankid, M.D., who are all experienced in treating many critically ill children from around the country.
The innovative pediatric laparoscopic surgery technique is very special because it is suitable for treating all pediatric patients, including newborn infants. This technique allows pediatric surgeons greater control and vision during surgery, allowing them to perform safe, less invasive, and precise surgical procedures. The surgeons are then able to find the pathogens and remove them immediately, using small medical instruments, creating no lesions and stopping further spread. The minimally invasive surgery shortens recovery times, allowing children to quickly return to school and other activities.