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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: