Abdominal surgery in children and adolescents

Abdominal pain in children is common, but surgery is rarely necessary. You and your child are in good hands with us.

First of all, you will be admitted to the outpatient department of our paediatric clinic. Through attentive conversation and a careful examination, we can usually assess your child's complaints at this stage. It is important for us to proceed with sensitivity.

If required, we can carry out further examinations - in particular laboratory and ultrasound examinations - directly. Further procedures such as a radiation-free MRI or in exceptional cases a CT are rarely necessary. We may have to observe your child over a longer period of time to determine whether an operation is necessary.

If an operation is necessary, we will discuss the necessity, surgical procedures as well as the chances and risks with you in detail. If possible, we use minimally invasive procedures.

Typical abdominal operations in children and adolescents are:

  • Umbilical hernia
  • Laparocele (epigastric hernia)
  • Regurgitation of stomach contents into the oesophagus (gastroesophageal reflux)
  • Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
  • Protrusion of the jejunum (Meckel's diverticulum)
  • Invagination of a part of the intestine
  • Ileus (bowel obstruction)
  • Acute abdomen
  • Liver biopsies (open, laparoscopic or ultrasound-guided)
  • Tumours of the abdomen

In rare cases, we consult colleagues from other departments or clinics and offer you additional recommendations. Your child will be further checked in our outpatient clinic after discharge.