What is General Paediatric Surgery?

General Paediatric Surgery (GPS) is the surgical management of relatively common, non-specialised, conditions in children. It can be performed by:

Specialist Paediatric Surgeons, either within a specialist centre (children’s hospitals) or by visiting local hospitals (DGHs) in the region.


General Surgeons or Urologists who primarily operate on adults but have undertaken training and have continued expertise in looking after children.

Most surgical procedures performed on children are elective and relatively straightforward.

GPS commonly includes looking after children with the following conditions:

Elective (Non-urgent)

  • Inguinal hernias
  • Umbilical hernias
  • Hydroceles
  • Undescended testicles
  • Foreskin problems
  • Skin lumps / Minor soft tissue abnormalities
  • Tongue-ties


  • Acute abdominal pain (including appendicitis)
  • Testicular and Scrotal Pain
  • Painful or obstructed hernias
  • Abscesses
  • Minor injuries and Minor trauma