Minimally Invasive Surgery
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center offers treatment modalities for endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, as well as robotic surgery as part of our minimally invasive surgery program. Minimally invasive techniques and technology allow some procedures to be performed more quickly, with less pain, smaller scars, and a faster recovery time. Pediatric patients recovering from surgery receive personalized care from specialists in pain management, occupational and physical therapy, nutrition and other areas.
Laparoscopy is surgery performed inside the abdomen through one or more very small incisions. The incision for a laproscopic procedure may be as small as a quarter-inch. Types of laparoscopic surgery include:
- Gastrostomy tubes
- Nissen Fundoplication
- Ovarian Cystectomy or Torsion
Thoracoscopy is endoscopic surgery performed inside the chest through very small incisions. There are several kinds of thoracoscopy, including:
- Bleb resection and pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
- Drainage for empyema
- Excision of bronchogenic cysts and duplication cysts
- Excision of pulmonary sequestration
- Lobectomy for congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
- Lung biopsy
Bronchoscopy gives surgeons access into the airways through the nose or mouth in place of making an incision. A flexible bronchoscopy is done to diagnose or treat problems in the airways.
Esophagoscopy lets surgeons access the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, in order to diagnose or treat abnormalities in the esophagus without making an incision.
Minimally invasive surgery cannot be used in all pediatric surgery cases, but, when appropriate, these leading surgical techniques can significantly reduce the severity of surgery.