Emergency Pediatric Surgery

Three emergency operations were recently performed at Ziv on newborns suffering from congenital anomalies.
During the six months since its establishment, the new Pediatric Surgery Unit, headed by Dr. Lili Lunsky-Hayari, has registered a number of remarkable successes.

In addition to scheduled operations for newborns, children and adolescents, emergency surgery takes place when required. Recent cases include a newborn weighing 2.5 Kg., born with an esophageal atresia, which hindered the baby's ability to eat, necessitating an operation to correct this problem.

A second operation was performed on a newborn weighing only one kilogram who developed an intestinal infection which caused intestinal obstruction, requiring surgery to repair the obstruction. A third rare operation was performed to remove a small bowl atresia in a 2.5 Kg. newborn. All three newborns are healthy and well on their way to full recovery.

According to Dr. Lunsky-Hayari who led all three operations: "these anomalies are extremely rare, occurring in approximately 1 out of 5,000 births. Immediate surgery is required to prevent deterioration of the newborn's condition and to ensure intact development". A multi-disciplinary team from the departments of anesthesia, neonatology and pediatrics performed the surgery.

In the past, the Ziv Medical Center did not have facilities to perform such operations and patients were transferred to distant hospitals. Today we are able to provide high quality pediatric surgery, ensuring the well being of newborns, children and adolescents, much to the relief of their parents who no longer have to travel distances to obtain this service.