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.

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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.