Minimally Invasive/Robotic Procedures
Our doctors have a particular interest and expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, state-of-the-art methods that offer the benefit of a quicker recovery and less visible scarring.
Minimally invasive surgery, in general, involves the use of:
- Small incisions
- Tiny surgical equipment
- A laparoscope - a thin flexible tube containing a video camera, the surgeon’s “eyes” during the procedure
In some cases, surgeons will also enlist a sophisticated surgical robot to gain the most precise control of their surgical instruments.
The following is a partial list of the minimally invasive urologic procedures performed by our pediatric surgeons:
- Robotic assisted laparoscopic ureteroureterostomy - a procedure during which an obstructed ureter (a tube that channels urine from the kidneys to the bladder) is connected, at the point where it is normal, to its unobstructed partner
- Robotic assisted laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation - a surgical fix to prevent reflux, a condition in which urine from the bladder flows back up into the kidneys
- Robotic assisted laparoscopic Partial or total nephrectomy - partial or total surgical removal of a kidney
- Robotic assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty - surgical reconstruction of the renal pelvis (cavity where urine collects in the kidney) to correct a blockage
- Laparoscopy for intra-abdominal undescended testicles - surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum
- Robotic assisted appendicovesicostomy - a procedure during which the appendix is used to create a channel to drain a dysfunctional bladder
- Robotic assisted laparoscopic bladder neck procedures - like slings or bladder neck reconstruction, used to assist in achieving continence in patients with neurogenic bladders, a dysfunction caused by disease of the central nervous system.
At the Urology Clinic at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we also utilize these specific, cutting-edge techniques: