Oncology, urology and visceral surgery

Our role

The department carries out its surgery at 2 sites: its principal HUDERF site and a second site at the Erasmus Hospital. To guarantee an optimal multidisciplinary care, the team cooperates closely with the various paediatric specialities as well as with all the care teams.

The Paediatric Surgery Department provides high quality global care for the child in various sectors of paediatric visceral surgery such as neonatal surgery, urological surgery, oncological surgery and kidney transplant.

Our specialities

The Paediatric Surgery Department performs surgery in connection with the following pathologies:   

  • Digestive and urological abdominal pathologies, pathologies of the abdominal wall and inguinal region 

  • Complex congenital malformations in newborns  

  • Oncological pathologies. The team acts both to make a diagnosis (biopsy, for example) and to provide treatment (placing of central catheters, resection of tumours, etc.)   

  • Pathologies of the gall bladder and the spleen 

  • Paediatric urological surgery is mainly concerned with congenital or acquired diseases of the urinary tract and genital organs in children. At the Children's Hospital, urological surgeons have acquired particular expertise in the reconstruction of genital malformations and minimally invasive surgery for urinary tract malformations (laparoscopy, endoscopy).

  • Kidney diseases; the department's paediatric kidney transplant activity is one of the most important in Belgium.   

The department treats morbid obesity in children and adolescents at the Junior Weight Centre, including obesity surgery 

The department has come to specialise in surgery on children using procedures that are the least invasive possible, namely coelioscopy and thoracoscopy, as well as robotic surgery  

The department is interested in the contribution artificial intelligence can make to surgery, especially for carrying out hybrid procedures combining mini-invasive surgery, robotics, medical imaging and new methods of fluorescence-guided surgery.    

The HUDERF's surgery services and the Erasmus Hospital work closely together to ensure an optimal follow up of complex pathologies throughout the patient's life by effecting a "transition" from paediatric care to adult care. 

Our team


Our medical specialists


To improve care for children with rare and complex diseases and make its expertise available in very specific fields, the department has developed a network of cooperation with partner hospitals:   Saint Pierre Hospital, Namur UH and Marie Curie Hospital. 


The department plays a key role in teaching master's courses for medical students, including for the certificate of paediatrics, as well as for doctors following surgery training.   

The department has put into place new teaching methods to teach surgical methods using high fidelity intervention simulators (Lapmentor et Virtamed) at the HUDERF and on the ULB campus at the SimLabs. 


Lien vers Array

Arterial Embolization and Methylene Blue Injection into the Aberrant Artery in Two Infants with Intralobar Sequestration.

  • Auteurs : Accarain AA, Laureys M, Joyeux L, Damry N, Steyaert H, Reusens H.
  • Journal : European J Pediatr Surg Rep. 2022 Oct 10;10(1):e141-e144. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1757570. MID: 36225531; PMCID: PMC9550518.
Lien vers Array

The Management of Asymptomatic Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation: Results of a European Delphi Survey

  • Auteurs : Kersten CM, Hermelijn SM, Mullassery D, Muthialu N, Cobanoglu N, Gartner S, Bagolan P, Mesas Burgos C, Sgrò A, Heyman S, Till H, Suominen J, Schurink M, Desender L, Losty P, Steyaert H, Terheggen-Lagro S, Metzelder M, Bonnard A, Sfeir R, Singh M, Yardley I, Rikkers-Mutsaerts NRVM, van der Ent CK, Qvist N, Cox DW, Peters R, Bannier MAGE, Wessel L, Proesmans M, Stanton M, Hannon E, Zampoli M, Morini F, Tiddens HAWM, Wijnen RMH, Schnater JM.
  • Journal : Children (Basel). 2022 Jul 30;9(8):1153. doi: 10.3390/children9081153. PMID: 36010044; PMCID: PMC9406306.