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Pediatric Surgery is the branch of surgery that uses operative techniques for the treatment of congenital conditions, diseases, traumatic injuries, and other disorders in young patients - newborns up through late adolescence. Pediatric surgery is a very broad term and encompasses many different specialties within its fold – pediatric general surgery, pediatric ophthalmologic surgery, pediatric otolaryngologic surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, and so on.

Pediatric surgery is very different from other surgeries as a pediatric patient is both physically and psychologically different from an adult. The small and immature organs of a child, especially those of a newborn, are very delicate and still in the process of development, and hence need great care during surgery.

Pediatric surgeons are medical specialists who have had specialized training in pediatric surgery. It usually takes five years of general surgery training after medical school, then a further few years of specialized instruction and experience in pediatric general surgery or in a specific pediatric specialty before being certified as a pediatric surgeon. Pediatric surgeons are trained to treat the entire spectrum of surgical illnesses. Some of these are:

  • Acute appendicitis : Inflammation of the appendix. Symptoms include pain in the abdomen, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Meckel's diverticulum : An outgrowth of intestine in the ileum. Symptoms of the obstruction are gastric problems, vomiting, and bleeding.
  • Pyloric stenosis (PS) : An obstruction in the intestine due to a larger-than-normal size of the muscle fibers of the pylorus. Symptoms of this hereditary condition include a progressive, often projectile, vomiting after attempted feedings. The infant fails to gain weight, and the number of bowel movements and rate of urination decreases.
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) : A life-threatening illness characterized by abdominal distention, bilious vomiting, lethargy, fever, rectal bleeding, hypothermia (temperature less than 96.5°F or 35.8°C), bradycardia (slow heart rate), abdominal mass (felt during palpation), oliguria, jaundice, and episodes of breathlessness (apnea).
  • Ulcerative colitis : Inflammation and ulceration of the colon. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe cramping, abdominal pain, and urgency.
  • Biliary atresia : A liver disease that causes inflammation of the ducts within the biliary system, resulting in fibrosis of these ducts.
  • Cholelithiasis : Gallbladder obstruction in infants and young children caused by pigmented (colored) stones resulting from blood disorders.
  • Trauma : Injuries due to accidents like falls, bicycle injuries, drowning, burns, child abuse, and birth trauma.
  • Tumors : Tumors in infants are usually due to genetic abnormalities

These are but just a few of the many conditions that may affect young patients. If you notice any abnormality in your child, do not take it lightly. To prevent any major problem it is best to consult a pediatric surgeon.

A list of pediatric surgeons in Oahu (with their filed of specialty in parenthesis) is given below. The list has been compiled for you by Oahu.us.

Yousif I A-Rahim, MD
888 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI
(808) 522-4233
James Ray Ballinger, MD
888 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI
(808) 522-4000
Robert T Bart, MD
(neurology) 1319 Punahou
Street Suite 999
Honolulu, HI
Anthony K Chiu, MD
1507 South King Street
Suite 102 Honolulu, HI
(808) 942-7723
Jon P Cooney. MD
750 Palani Avenue
Honolulu, HI
(808) 733-5111
Steven F Hayashida, MD
(neurology) 1329 Lusitana
Street Suite 702 Honolulu, HI
(808) 536-0630
Malcolm R Ing, MD
1319 Punahou, Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI
(808) 955-5951
Gary Lattimer, MD
(urology) 1329 Lusitana Street
Suite 708 Honolulu, HI
(808) 537-5445
Shigeko Lau, MD
(neonatology) 1100 Ward Ave
Honolulu, HI
(808) 599-4004
Clyde T Miyaki, MD
(gastroenterology) 750 Palani Avenue
Honolulu, HI
(808) 733-5111
Wilson T Murakami, MD
(otolaryngology) 1319 Punahou Street
Suite 1120 Honolulu, HI
(808) 943-8864
Ken Nagamori, MD
(gastroenterology) 1319 Punahou Street
Suite 1030 Honolulu, HI
(808) 955-7772
Walton K T Shim, MD
(general) 1319 Punahou, Suite 1000
Honolulu, HI
(808) 947-2611
Antonio K Tan, MD
(urology) 1712 Liliha Street Suite
302 Honolulu, HI
(808) 521-8288
Raymond M Taniguchi, MD
(neurology) 1380 Lusitana Street Suite
415 Honolulu, HI
(808) 538-6520
Norbert B Wong, MD
750 Palani Avenue
Honolulu, HI
(808) 733-5111
Gregory K Yim, MD
(neurology) 1319 Punahou Street Suite
1000 Honolulu, HI
(808) 946-4474
Futatsugi Yoshio, MD
(neurology) 405 N Kuakini Street Suite
1108 Honolulu, HI
(808) 440-1141
Michiko Bruno, MD
(neurology) 98-1079 Moanalua Road
Suite 650 Aiea, HI
(808) 486-7199
Wayne H Fujita, MD
(dermatology) 99 128 Heights Suite
401 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-3000
Wilson T Murakami, MD
(otolaryngology) 98-1079 Moanalua Road
Suite 660 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-7197
Eugene T Tanabe, MD
(urology) 98-1079 Moanalua Road
Suite 460 Aiea, HI
(808) 487-8922
Futatsugi Yoshio, MD
(neurology) 99-128 Aiea Heights Drive
Suite 104 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-6846
Ewa Beach
Christian W Boyens, MD
(Pulmonary & Respiratory)
30 Aulike Street
Kailua, HI
(808) 262-6951
Linda D Chiu, MD
407 Uluniu Street Suite
212 Kailua, HI
(808) 262-6673
Terry Claggett, MD
86-260 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI
808) 696-1432
Edward Alquero, MD
94-141 Pupupuhi Street
Waipahu, HI
(808) 676-2271
Clyde T Miyaki, MD
94-141 Pupupuhi Street
Waipahu, HI
(808) 676-2271
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