The Robot-Assisted Surgery Program

da Vinci RobotAbout the Children's Robot-Assisted Surgery Program

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is the only hospital in Georgia with a dedicated pediatric robot-assisted surgery program. 

Our program brings together innovative surgical technology, highly skilled surgeons who are board certified in pediatrics, and the expertise and specialized care provided by a pediatric hospital.

About Robot-Assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical technique. Minimally invasive surgery allows doctors to reduce the size of the incisions (cuts) during an operation. Using small incisions instead of a standard open procedure typically means:

  • A shorter recovery process
  • A faster return to school and usual activities
  • Less pain and scarring

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Why Choose Children's for Robot-Assisted Surgery?

Our surgeons are board certified in pediatrics and are dedicated to giving your child the best possible care during his stay. Our focus is on children and teens. This means your child will get the appropriate care. Everything in our hospitals is made for kids, from our X-ray machines to the needles we use.

Incision comparisonAnesthesiologists (doctors who put kids to sleep before surgery) use child-sized doses of anesthesia (sleep medicine). 

We order tests only when they are needed and have machines that use up to 50 percent less radiation than machines built for adults.

The doctors and surgeons at Children’s have pediatric expertise. Our team has also been specially trained in robot-assisted surgery, which lets them create tiny, precise cuts. This means your child can heal faster and get back home sooner.

  • How Robot-Assisted Surgery Works

      The robot-assisted surgical system has a magnified 3-D, high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far more than the human wrist. This enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Your surgeon is 100 percent in control of the robot-assisted surgical system from a console inside the operating room.

      A camera that looks inside the body, called an endoscope, is attached to a small, flexible tube. The camera has two lenses that give the surgeon full 3-D vision. The robot-assisted surgical system translates the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the surgical system’s arms. 

      These arms can move in ways the human hand cannot. This makes robotic surgery particularly helpful for complex procedures that require precise sewing.

  • Conditions We Treat

      Here at Children's, we use robot-assisted surgery to treat a variety of urological conditions:

      - Bladder neck sling: A procedure used to lift the urethra into a normal position and exert pressure on the urethra to aid urine retention.
      - Malone antegrade continence enema (MACE): A surgical procedure used to create a pathway near the anus that helps remove feces using enemas.
      - Mitrofanoff: A surgical procedure that uses the appendix to create a channel between the skin surface and the bladder.
      - Nephrectomy: The surgical removal of a kidney.
      - Pyeloplasty: A surgical procedure used to fix blockages between the kidneys and the ureter.
      - Ureteral reimplantation: A surgical procedure used to treat urinary reflux of ureterovesical junction obstruction (UVJO).

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery Advantages

      Some of the advantages to patients include:

      - A shorter hospital stay
      - Less blood loss
      - Fewer complications
      - Less need for narcotic pain medicine
      - A faster recovery
      - Smaller cuts for less scarring

      Some of the advantages to surgeons include:

      - Greater wrist motion inside the patient
      - Stable, 3-D field of vision
      - Tremor reduction
      - Scalable motion, which allows for very precise and small movements

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Locations

Robot-assisted surgery is performed at Scottish Rite hospital.
1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

For professionals

Call Mike Bond at 404-785-4676 to make a referral.