General Surgery

General surgeons deal with a wide variety of surgical problems with children. Our areas of focus include foetal consultation, congenital anomalies, solid tumours of childhood, chest and chest wall conditions, head and neck conditions minimally invasive surgery and acute surgical care.

Phone: (03) 9594 4715
Fax: (03) 9594 6008
Email: paedsurgery@monashhealth.org 

To support the General Surgery department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

The department of General Surgery is comprised of a variety of health professionals including surgeons, specialist registrars, a urology fellow and a surgical resident. We are also supported by a team of Allied Health professionals, from ward to office staff. Our office staff will be your first link to the department and will provide you with appointment information and assistance with scheduling your child’s clinic visit and surgery. If needed they can also provide information to the surgeons and nurses, explain your insurance and financial information and be available to answer your questions.

The bulk of our department’s clinical work is performed at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, however we also provide outpatient care and elective surgical care to children at Casey Hospital.

Our primary goal is to provide prompt expertise in the diagnosis and management of both straightforward and complex conditions. We treat children from birth to 16 years old, who are referred by their general practitioner or specialists for elective surgery.

Our new operating suite at Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton features state of the art equipment within its four theatres and procedure room. The new hospital has 96 paediatric inpatient beds in three units, including a 20 bed same-day unit for children who go home the same day as their surgical procedure.

We also perform neonatal surgery on babies and are the only centre which provides fetal surgery in Victoria. Our department has also embraced the role of minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery where appropriate, performing hundreds of these operations each year and almost 1700 general surgeries.

Please note: we do not accept consultations for non-medical circumcisions.

We maintain close working relationships with other paediatric subspecialists and our adult surgical colleagues within Monash Health.

Surgery team

To find out more about our team please click here.

Expertise and services

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Hernias
    • Inguinal hernia
    • Umbilical hernia
    • Epigastric hernia
    • Femoral hernia
  • Testis
    • Undescended testis
    • Retractile testis
    • Ectopic testis
    • Acute testicular pain
  • Foreskin
    • Phimosis (tight foreskin)
    • Recurrent balanitis
    • Balanitis xerotica obliterans
  • Intestinal conditions
    • Appendicitis
    • Pyloric Stenosis
    • Intussusception
    • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
    • Malrotation
  • Skin/ subcutaneous conditions
    • Vascular malformations
    • Skin lesions / cysts
    • Lymphadenopathy
  • Neonatal surgery
    • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
    • Gastroschisis
    • Omphalocele/ Exomphalos
    • Diaphragmatic hernia
    • Intestinal/ oesophageal atresia
    • Anorectal malformations
    • Hirschprung’s disease
Clinics

Paediatric Surgery Outpatients Clinic, Clayton
The Paediatric Surgery Outpatient Clinic is located at Clinic A, level 2 (ground floor) within Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. Patients should park their vehicles in the hospital car park and enter the hospital via main entrance.

Email: outpatients_clayton@monashhealth.org

Paediatric Surgery Outpatients Clinic, Casey
Casey Hospital Paediatric Surgery Clinic is located on the left hand side as you enter through the main entrance at Casey Hospital, Berwick.

Email: outpatients_casey@monshhealth.org

Monash Children’s Specialist Consulting
The Monash Children’s Paediatric Surgery Clinic is located at the Special Medicine Centre located behind McCulloch House at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org 

Referrals

Appointments can be made for your child to be seen in the public outpatient clinic or Monash Specialist Consulting without charge. Your child will need a referral from a registered medical practitioner to attend this clinic.

Overseas/non-Medicare patients are seen in these clinics and charges will apply. For more information on fees and charges please visit our billing and insurance section.

Prior to your child’s appointment the letter containing the details of the appointment will be mailed to you. If you have any questions or difficulties regarding your appointment please call us on the phone number provided in the letter.

If you would like to find out more about what to expect during your child’s visit to surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital, please see here.

Urgent enquiries
For urgent inquiries outside office hours, please call switch on (03) 9594 6666 and page the on-call paediatric surgical registrar.

Referrals
All referrals can be made via Monash Children’s Specialist Consulting:

Phone: (03) 9594 4175
Fax:  (03) 9594 3698
Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org
Mailing Address:
SC Monash Children’s
246 Clayton Road, Clayton, VIC 3168

Head of Unit: 
Dr Peter Ferguson

Administrative enquiries
For administrative enquiries please contact:

Jasna Djukic, Executive Assistant
Department of Paediatric General Surgery
Level 4, Monash Children’s Hospital
Monash Health
246 Clayton Road, Clayton, VIC 3168

Phone: +61 3 9594 6998
Fax: (03) 9594 6008
Email: paedsurgery@monashhealth.org

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