Pediatric Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Surgery of the Samsung Medical Center is mainly composed of professors of pediatric surgery who operate only on children. Through the integrated fetus clinic, we provide the best, highest-level care to newborn babies ranging from diagnosis of congenital anomalies of the digestive system in fetuses to care in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth and operations in the Division of Pediatric Surgery in collaboration with the Division of Obstetrics, the neonatal unit, and the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. In addition, as a member of the pediatric tumor team, we perform malignant tumor removal operations at the optimum time before and after chemotherapy for pediatric cancer and perform the best pediatric liver transplantation and pediatric minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery) in Korea.

Major areas of treatment / Clinics

We perform advanced specialized operations on congenital anomalies of the digestive system, pediatric inguinal hernia, pediatric cancer, and pediatric liver transplantation.

Strong points

1. Congenital anomalies of the digestive system

Based on rich experience, we provide the best surgical treatment of various congenital anomalies of the digestive system, including esophageal atresia, anomalies in stomach, duodenum and small bowel, and anorectal malformation (aproctia).

2. Pediatric liver transplantation

The Division of Pediatric Surgery performs both Kasai operation, which is a treatment of congenital biliary atresia patients, and liver transplantation so that patients can receive liver transplantation at an optimal time, and our patients show long-term survival rates exceeding 90%.

3. Pediatric minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopy and thoracoscopy

We perform approximately 100 cases of diverse pediatric minimally invasive surgery ranging from surgery on congenital anomalies of the digestive system (duodenal atresia, esophageal atresia, congenital diaphragm hernia) in newborns to gastroesophageal reflux in youth, and over 30 % of them are newborn babies.

4. Clinic for congenital anorectal malformation and dyschezia

We perform surgery to preserve the anal sphincter using a laparoscope and provide bowel training after congenital anorectal malformation (aproctia) surgery together with parents until the patients have normal bowel habits.

5. Choledochal cyst

We provide the best treatment of choledochal cysts based on rich experience in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.

6. Lymphangioma

Based on experience for a long period of time, we treat lymphangioma using sclerotherapy in combination with surgery.

7. Surgery on the day system

We operate for inguinal hernia and perform simple surgery on children 2 months or older in collaboration with experienced pediatric anesthesiologists in the morning without hospitalization so that the patients can go home in the afternoon of the same day.