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General and Thoracic Surgery
General and Thoracic Surgery

What we do

SickKids has approximately 350 paediatric beds and more than 15,000 operations are performed each year. The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery primarily cares for children with abdominal and thoracic problems, although a significant number of children with anomalies, neoplasms or acquired lesions of the head and neck, and extremities and genitourinary tract are also seen. 

Below are some of the programs and services we offer through the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery.

The Airway Reconstruction Team (ART)

  • The Airway Reconstruction Team (ART) is a multi-disciplinary team with a special clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with congenital tracheal stenosis (CTS). 

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Clinic

  • The purpose of this clinic is to provide a specialized environment for the follow-up and ongoing management of CDH patients post-discharge.

Esophageal Atresia / Tracheoesophageal Fistula Clinic

  • The clinic provides ongoing care for children with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula. The team consists of a paediatric general surgeon, respirologist, gastroenterologist, neonatologist, nurse practitioner, dietitian, occupational therapist, cardiologist, otolaryngologist and nurses.

Fetal Alert Network (FAN)

  • The Fetal Alert Network (FAN) is a provincial network of trans-disciplinary regional healthcare teams. Each team consists of a nurse coordinator with advanced knowledge and skills in caring for women with complex pregnancies. 

Fetal Anomaly Clinic

  • The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery participates in the combined Fetal Anomaly Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital. In this monthly clinic, mothers carrying fetuses with a congenital anomaly are seen and assessed.

General Surgery Clinic

  • The General Surgery Clinic is a specialized service for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a wide range of congenital anomalies and acquired diseases of the abdomen, chest, head and neck, and endocrine organs. We also care for children with multiple injuries and those requiring liver and small bowel transplants.

Multidisciplinary Surgical Oncology Clinic

  • The clinic has recognized the importance of caring for children with melanoma. To address this group of patients, the Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Program has been created in concert with staff in Hematology/Oncology, Dermatology and Nuclear Medicine.

Vascular Tumor Service (VAST)

  • The team is composed of multiple disciplines, including Dermatology, Paediatric Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, General Surgery, Pathology and the Angiogenesis Lab. 

GIFT Program - for Intestinal Rehabilitation

  • The GIFT program at SickKids began in November 2002 and remains the only formal intestinal rehabilitation program in Canada. The introduction of GIFT has almost eliminated mortality from intestinal failure associated liver disease since 2007.

See Programs and Services for details on the above!