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Table 2 Most common paediatric surgical procedures by age group

From: The scope of operative general paediatric surgical diseases in South Africa—the Chris Hani Baragwanath experience

Age group Commonest procedure n (%)
< 28 days Laparotomy for complicated NEC and divided colostomy 60 (3.5%)
28 days–12 months Inguinal herniotomy 77 (4.5%)
1–5 years Gastroscopy (diagnostic/therapeutic) 51 (3%)
5–10 years Appendicectomy 46 (2.7%)
  1. Abbreviation: NEC necrotizing enterocolitis