Neonatal Surgery

Critical Care infants are in the best hands

Neonatal Surgery JohannesburgCritical medical conditions are, in anyone’s books, cause for the most concern and where the utmost care is required. This is even more true in Paediatric Critical Care or Neonatal care. Neonatologists are responsible for all critical medical conditions involving premature infants or babies.

This is a very specific sub-section of Paediatric medicine. To qualify as a Neonatologist a Paediatrician needs to complete additional specialized training for critical care and surgery on newborns and infants.

What can you expect from Neonatal Surgery?

First and foremost, with today’s technology we are normally aware and forewarned of the possibility of your infant requiring neonatal surgery, and can make appropriate arrangements. This means we are aware of your child’s situation and are prepared to deal with it.

REMEMBER: If an antenatal diagnosis is made, the most appropriate time to see you are PRIOR to delivery!

Whilst you may prefer to deliver in an obstetric unit that YOU prefer, please note that the best mode of transport of your child is in fact IN UTERO (in the mother’s womb) BEFORE delivery! Thus we will make arrangements for your delivery to take place at the Sandton Mediclinic or Netcare Parklane, eliminating the need for a high risk neonatal transfer after delivery. This cannot be stressed enough!

That said, this process will still be difficult to deal with as parents. We provide appropriate antenatal counseling in this regard, from both the surgical and medical staff, and highly recommend early consultation and education.

Immediately after delivery, your child will be admitted to Neonatal ICU for stabilisation and investigation prior to surgery being scheduled. Surgical techniques and approach will depend largely on your infant’s specific condition. When feasible and the appropriate indications exist, Dr Loveland and his team will employ endoscopic surgery techniques, commonly known as “Keyhole surgery”, the benefits of which are less pain, quicker recovery, and a shorter hospital admission.

What happens after Neonatal Surgery?

Once your child has recovered, he/she will be discharged from ICU and transferred to the neonatal or paediatric ward. Although less “intensive” you will still be under the care of the Paediatric Surgery team. Obviously depending on the condition, other members of the team may continue to consult your child.

If you believe your child and/or family could benefit from consultation or treatment by the Johannesburg Paediatric Surgery Practice then please make an appointment to see them at the Sandton Mediclinic on +27 11 463 7277 or at Netcare Parklane on +27 11 4804122. Their rooms will arrange a consultation or direct you to an appropriate specialist within the unit. Alternatively send an email to and we will get back to you.

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