Common Procedures Accomplished With Minimally Invasive Surgery

As technology progresses, we are able to apply minimally invasive procedures to an ever-increasing number of patients and conditions. At Children's we most commonly use minimally invasive techniques for:

  • Appendectomy - removal of the appendix
  • Cholecystectomy - removal of the gallbladder
  • Fundoplication - This surgery strengthens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. This stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily.
  • Hernia exploration - a procedure to determine if a child has a hernia.
  • Pyloromyotomy - This surgery is used to treat pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis is a condition in which the connection between a baby's stomach and small intestine gradually swells and blocks food from entering the baby's intestine. This causes the baby to forcefully vomit most or all of his or her feedings.
  • Splenectomy - removal of the spleen
  • Other procedures - Your surgeon may offer other minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of other conditions.