Robotic-Assisted Surgery

da Vinci® robotic surgery system

The da Vinci® robotic surgery system can be used to treat a range of surgical conditions.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery is one of the field’s most exciting advances in the past decade. This laparoscopic technology uses a combination of highly magnified 3-D imagery and surgeon-guided robotic movements to perform delicate urologic surgeries with unmatched precision. The result: less bleeding, less pain, less scarring and a potentially easier recovery for your child.

Our surgeons at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (in Wilmington, Del.), Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in Florida), and Nemours Children’s Hospital (in Orlando) use the state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgery system. If your child needs pediatric robotic surgery, take comfort in the fact that our highly skilled experts can perform many types of corrective and reconstructive procedures in this minimally invasive way.

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How Does the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System Work?

When it comes to robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci® technology leads the way. With the da Vinci® robotic surgery system, the surgeon controls precision tools using a camera system. A few tiny incisions (rather than the one larger incision typically required in traditional open procedures) allow the camera system and tools to enter the child’s body. From there, the surgeon can control the surgery while sitting at a nearby computer console. Aided by enhanced 3-D imagery and highly magnified views, the surgeon is able to manipulate the robotic-assisted tools with greater dexterity, stability and range of motion than what can normally be achieved with the human hand.

A common misconception about pediatric robotic surgery is that the robot actually replaces your child’s surgeon. This is not the case. The surgeon’s expertise is simply enhanced by the precision technology offered by the da Vinci® system. The surgeon is in control at all times, and the robot does not move on its own.

What Are the Benefits?

The potential benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are many. Pediatric patients typically experience:

  • smaller incisions
  • less postoperative pain
  • decreased blood loss and need for transfusions
  • lower risk of infection
  • shorter hospital stays
  • quicker return to daily activities
  • less scarring and improved cosmetic appearance

Surveys show that parents whose children underwent robotic-assisted surgery as opposed to traditional open surgery were overwhelmingly pleased with the outcome, particularly the size and appearance of the scars.

Is Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery Right for My Child?

When surgery is needed for your child, we realize that you want all the information possible in order to make the best decision. So we take the time to explain each option, always looking for the least invasive method for faster healing and return to normal activities.

You can also count on us to work closely with you and other medical professionals on your child’s care team, because we firmly believe that a collaborative approach yields the best outcomes. Together, we’ll provide the guidance you need when considering a robotic-assisted approach versus a traditional open surgical procedure for your child.