During minimally invasive surgery, our surgeons use a tube with a camera attached—called an endoscope—to go into a child's body and send images to a TV monitor. The images guide the surgeon through the surgery. To perform the surgery, the surgeon uses small, thin tools that go through small incisions in a child's body.
In laparoscopic surgery, the tube is passed through the abdomen, usually the belly button. In thoracoscopic surgery, it is passed through a small incision in the chest. Our surgeons are highly experienced in these methods and perform then every day.
As technology improves, we are able to perform more surgeries by minimally invasive methods. We most commonly perform:
- Appendectomy, removal of the appendix
- Cholecystectomy, removal of the gallbladder
- Fundoplication, surgery that strengthens the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to stop acid from backing up
- Hernia exploration, a procedure to determine if a child has a hernia
- Pyloromyotomy, used to treat pyloric stenosis
- Splenectomy, removal of the spleen
Some examples of the innovative technology we offer include:
- Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), which allows our surgeons to clearly and effectively navigate the digestive system. The imaging helps surgeons pinpoint the correct placement of new tissue to repair or replace.
- Single-site colectomy, to treat life-threatening ulcerative colitis, diseases that inflame the large intestine.
Not every child can benefit from minimally invasive surgery. We will talk to you about surgical options for your child.