Minimally invasive surgery can reduce or sometimes eliminate the need for incisions through the skin. To do this, surgeons use smaller incisions or enter the body through a body cavity such as the mouth, nose, urethra, rectum, or vagina. This type of surgery often can result in less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery for your child. There are different types of minimally invasive surgery available at Children’s, such as:
- Laparascopic surgery, where surgeons use specialized, miniature camera equipment, inserted through the smaller incision site, to view the inside of the body.
- Robotic surgery, which involves the use of a robotic arm, controlled by the surgeon, that can make extremely small, extremely precise movements that the human hand isn’t always capable of.
- Endosurgery, which involves the use of a light and telescope to pass small surgical instruments through the urethra (where urine comes out). Endosurgery is used mostly to diagnose and remove stones from the kidney, ureter, or bladder.
For more information about minimally invasive surgery, talk to your child’s doctor. To find a surgeon trained in minimally invasive techniques, visit the surgical specialties page and choose the appropriate specialty.