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Dr. Adam Craig Alder, MD

Surgeon (Pediatric)

Dr. Adam Craig Alder MD is a top Surgeon (Pediatric) in Dallas, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Adam Craig Alder MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Adam Craig Alder MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Adam Craig Alder MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Dallas, TX, Dr. Adam Craig Alder MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
17 years Experience
Dr. Adam Craig Alder, MD
  • Dallas, TX
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • Accepting new patients

My son has thyroid nodules. What happens if they are malignant?

I appreciate your concerns about your child's health. In general, thyroid nodules in children tend to be malignant more frequently than in adults. However, the majority of thyroid READ MORE
I appreciate your concerns about your child's health. In general, thyroid nodules in children tend to be malignant more frequently than in adults. However, the majority of thyroid conditions in children are benign. If the nodules do turn out to be malignant, then it is likely that further surgical and medical care will be needed. Identifying a team of physicians and surgeons that have experience with thyroid malignancies and who can support you and your son through this experience is important. It is likely that your son will need to start some type of thyroid hormone replacement and will need to have monitoring of thyroid hormone and thyroid function related levels checked to be sure that his health is being supported. You will need to ensure that you follow up with your care team as they monitor for growth or spread of any suspicious tissue. Overall, thyroid malignancies tend to be less aggressive than some other types of cancer.

Does appendicitis require immediate surgery?

In 2019 there is evidence that supports both approaches: operating and waiting. The most important thing for you to know is that both approaches are safe but have unique risks. READ MORE
In 2019 there is evidence that supports both approaches: operating and waiting. The most important thing for you to know is that both approaches are safe but have unique risks. Feel free to ask your physician team questions about why they are choosing to wait.

Are there any risks involved in appendix surgery for a 12 year old?

The most important urgent treatment is to give antibiotics. If the antibiotics are started, then the timing of the operation to remove the appendix, appendectomy, is much less READ MORE
The most important urgent treatment is to give antibiotics. If the antibiotics are started, then the timing of the operation to remove the appendix, appendectomy, is much less important. All medical and surgical treatments carry risk. The risk of the operation include more common things like wound infection. Rare complications include pneumonia, allergic reactions to the anesthetic, intra-abdominal injuries, and some other things. Hundreds of thousands of people have undergone appendectomy and the overall risks are low.

How long will my son take to recover from an abdominal surgery?

In general, children recover quite quickly from surgical procedures. Children with appendicitis that is complex or perforated may take a while to recover from the illness that READ MORE
In general, children recover quite quickly from surgical procedures. Children with appendicitis that is complex or perforated may take a while to recover from the illness that is unrelated to the operation. You should talk to your surgeon about how quickly your child should return to regular activities.

What could be the side effects of anesthesia on a 4 year old?

Any surgical procedure may be risky which is why selecting a team that is dedicated to the care of children is important. In general, a previously healthy child with acute appendicitis READ MORE
Any surgical procedure may be risky which is why selecting a team that is dedicated to the care of children is important. In general, a previously healthy child with acute appendicitis will recover back to full activity and health after the general anesthesia used during an appendectomy. Make sure you ask your anesthesia team all of your questions and they will be the best resource for the specifics of the risks of anesthesia.

Cleft lip operation for 7 mo. old?

I would defer to the surgeon. They are going to be the best source of information about when to time the procedure. Waiting may have significant advantages for your child and READ MORE
I would defer to the surgeon. They are going to be the best source of information about when to time the procedure. Waiting may have significant advantages for your child and the surgery team.