Minimally Invasive Techniques

Complex Surgeries by Pediatric Specialists for Children

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Children's provides high-quality surgical care for children from birth to age 21. Minimally invasive surgery for children and teens is a substitute for traditional surgeries. Traditional surgeries require larger cuts and have a longer recovery time. At Children's, we use methods—often called laparoscopic or thoracoscopic surgery—to minimize the pain and discomfort of surgery for children.

During minimally invasive surgery, 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 cuts in a child's body.

Our Technology

Our surgeons use advanced technology to improve outcomes—and help kids get better faster.

  • Robot-Assisted Surgery

      Thanks to our Robot-Assisted Surgery Program, complex surgeries are easier to perform. During robot-assisted surgery, the system is controlled by a surgeon from a console located in the operating room.

      A tiny camera is inserted that uses two lenses to give the doctor 3-D vision. The system also adjusts the surgeon's movements to work on the smaller scale, using more precise micromovements with two working arms. 

  • Single-Site Colectomy

      Our surgeons perform single-site colectomies to treat patients with life-threatening ulcerative colitis. The condition destroys the large intestine by creating open sores in its lining.

      During the laparoscopic procedure, surgeons remove the patient’s colon and construct a “J-pouch” that serves as a reservoir. This helps restore functionality of the anus.

  • iMRI

      By using intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), our surgeons perform more effective laparoscopic-assisted anorectoplasties (LAARP). iMRI enables clear and effective navigation of the digestive system and helps our surgeons pinpoint the correct placement of new tissue to repair or replace an imperforated anus.

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Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Patients see better results including:

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less pain for patient

More Information

Learn about common minimally invasive procedures and read our frequently asked questions.

For Professionals

Make a referral by calling 404-785-4676.