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- Jul 12, 2012
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At what age do you refer a kid that needs an appendectomy to an adult surgeon instead of a pediatric surgeon?
Is a 16 year old so different from an 18 year old for the more common procedures that you wouldn't trust an adult surgeon to take out their appendix? The vast majority of us don't have easy access to pediatric surgeons so if the adult folks are willing/able to do it, I'm ok with it.I have a different question, if you have someone who is younger than 18 years old, why would you refer them to an adult surgeon for any surgery if you had the option to send them to a pediatric one (unless that adult surgeon has a unique surgical niche that the pediatric one doesn't)? Heck, pediatric CT surgeons do heart surgery on 35 year old TOFs repairs, but you can bet no adult CT surgeons do TOFs repairs on 35 day olds.
If a child under 18 years old then parents should contact the child's doctor