Over the last few years, pediatric robotic surgery has revolutionized the management in pediatric urology.
Advantages of robotic surgery
The technology of the robot provides, 10 times magnification, 3 D visualization, and 360 degree rotation, making it unique for reconstructive surgeries. The technique allows to perform even challenging reconstructive pediatric urological procedures with results as good as open surgery with minimal trauma and surgical stress and with best cosmesis. The technique can be used even in infants which ensures decrease pain and shorter hospitalization. It is safe and cost effective.
Which surgery can be done via the robot?
The commonly performed pediatric robotic surgeries are pyeloplasty, ureteric reimplantation, nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, mitrofanoff, choledochal cyst, bladder augmentation, etc. Robotic surgery uses the latest generation of Da Vinci Xi robotic system.
How is Robotic surgery performed?
Pediatric robotic surgery involves team work. 3 or 4 tiny incisions are required through which camera and surgical instruments are inserted.
The surgeon sits a few feet away from the patient in a console and manipulates the instruments from there. The robotic arms functions as
an extension of surgeons hand movement at the console. The console gives a 3 D magnified view of the surgical field.