The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Children's provides high quality surgical care for children from birth to age 21. Minimally invasive surgery for children and teens is a substitute for traditional surgeries. Traditional surgeries require larger cuts and have a longer recovery time for the child. At Children's, we use methods - often called laparoscopic or thoracoscopic surgery—to minimize the pain and discomfort of surgery for children.
With minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use an endoscope to go into a child's body and send images of it to a TV monitor. The surgeon then watches the TV monitor to guide him through the surgery. To perform the surgery, the surgeon uses small, thin tools that go through small cuts in a child's body.
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Our team has access to the da Vinci Surgical System, which makes more complex surgeries easier to perform. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console located in the operating room. A tiny camera is inserted that uses two lenses to give the doctor 3-D vision. The system also adjusts the surgeon's movements to work on the smaller scale, using more precise micromovements with two working arms.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Better outcomes including:
- Quicker recovery time
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Less pain for patient