Pediatric Surgery Director:UCHIDA, Hiroo (Professor)

Actively involved in minimally invasive surgery for treatment of pediatric surgical diseases

Our department was established as a study group in 1968 and became an independent department recently (1997); currently, it is the only graduate course in the Tokai area.

Medical Care System

A total of 8 staff members (one professor, one specially appointed professor, three lecturers, three assistant professors) perform about 500 surgeries (80 are for neonates) a year and have 14 beds to provide medical care to patients. The outpatient clinic is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Target Diseases

We perform surgical treatments for nearly all pediatric neck, thoracic, and abdominal disorders, excluding those involving the heart, cranial nerves, and orthopedic surgery. We treat illnesses of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems in children ranging from infants under 1,000g to junior high school students. Some examples of conditions we treat include biliary atresia, congenital biliary dilatation, congenital esophageal atresia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, congenital intestinal atresia, Hirschsprung's disease, anal atresia, cystic lung disease, neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma, lymphangioma, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, cryptorchism, and so on.

Strong Fields

We are proactive in using endoscopic surgical techniques that cause less physical strain and leave fewer scars, so as not to hinder growth and development. We actively employ endoscopic treatment for biliary atresia, congenital biliary dilatation, esophageal atresia, duodenal atresia, cystic lung disease, neuroblastoma, inguinal hernia, and so on. We treat patients with neonatal surgical disease and pediatric malignancy in cooperation with other departments and have provided medical care to an extensive number of patients.

Clinical Results

Total number of operations over the three years from 2017 to 2019 was 1561. Newborn surgery 211, biliary atresia 32 (minimally invasive surgery 32), congenital biliary dilatation 54 (minimally invasive surgery 54), esophageal atresia 18 (minimally invasive surgery 15), diaphragmatic hernia 32 (minimally invasive surgery 2), pulmonary lobectomy 44 (minimally invasive surgery 43).

Specialized Outpatient Clinic

We provide outpatient for hepatobiliary disease Thursday morning and consultation for minimally invasive surgery at any time of regular outpatient service on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.We accept patients in the second opinion clinic as needed.

Advanced Medicine and Research

Our main research themes include the development of new medical devices, the search for new tumor markers in urine, the development of training system for minimally invasive surgery, and clinical research for various rare diseases for pediatric patients.