Medical care, especially surgery, is expensive. One of BethanyKids’ key values is that no child should be denied surgery because of lack of funds. So, to that end, BethanyKids offers highly subsidized care for children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford the life-saving and life-transforming surgical care we provide. We do so across an increasing amount of countries, up to 6 as of the spring of 2020.
We offer a range of pediatric surgical procedures, but over time have certainly noted that some are more common than others.
Other Types of Surgery
We also provide a broad range of pediatric surgical care for children with a variety of congenital or acquired conditions. Where appropriate, we use minimally invasive procedures (e.g. flexible endoscopy, thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, cystoscopy) to diagnose and treat many urinary, abdominal and thoracic conditions. Some common conditions treated are listed below:
Disorders in Genital Development
Some children, because of enzyme or other hormonal defects, are born with abnormal genitalia. Some causes of this can be life-threatening in the first few weeks of life. Treatment involves consultation from medical physicians as well as surgical intervention.
Congenital Anorectal Anomalies
There is a spectrum of conditions, some anatomic and some functional, that prevents a child from stooling normally. These include anorectal malformations (where the anus is misplaced or absent) as well as Hirschsprung Disease in which nerve cells in the large intestine are absent resulting in a functional blockage.
Congenital Esophageal and Intestinal Problems
These conditions include such things as malrotation with abnormal twisting of the intestine to anomalies where the intestinal tube isn’t intact (atresia) somewhere along its path from the mouth to the anus. These typically require diagnosis and operative treatment around the time of birth.
Growths and Tumors
We care for children with a wide range of tumours from simple cysts under the skin to cancers located on the arms and legs or in the belly, chest, or neck. We work alongside medical cancer specialists to ensure the best care possible for children with cancer.
Traumatic or Acquired Injuries
We see and manage all severe traumatic injuries in children regardless of the mechanism. Where necessary, we work together with other specialties, such as orthopedics and/or neurosurgery, to provide comprehensive care for the injured child.
Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
PDA is a condition where a connection between the heart and the aorta (the largest artery in the body) doesn’t close after birth. Some children require operative closure since the condition can lead to heart and lung problems.