Pediatric Cancer and Pediatric Robotic Surgery
The aim of any minimally invasive surgery is to offer comparable or better outcomes than open surgery with the additional benefit of cosmetics. And for this reason, robotic-assisted surgery has become commonplace even for children including infants.
Pediatric Robotic Surgery requires special expertise since surgery in children’s smaller bodies requires adapting to different quadrants of the abdomen and the chest. The best pediatric surgeons at Centre for Robotic Surgery India are highly experienced in this, and have performed several pediatric surgeries like pediatric urology surgery, pediatric laparoscopic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery and more. Our best pediatric surgeons have performed robotic surgery in children as young as 3 months of age.
Also, we have a dedicated pediatric ward for our young patients, where special care is taken before and after their surgery.
Pediatric Urology Surgery
Leading hospitals across the world are successfully incorporating robotic surgery in pediatric cancer treatments. To learn more about the advent of robotic technology in Pediatric Urology Surgery, please check out this report.
At Centre for Robotic Surgery – A best pediatric hospital in India, the da vinci robotic surgical system is used for the minimally invasive surgery of pediatric patients due to the various benefits it offers including reduction in trauma, incision size and scarring. The da Vinci Surgical System enables the pediatric surgeons to perform more precise surgery on the smaller anatomical structures of children’s bodies, thanks to its motion scaling and tremor reduction features.
Among the most common pediatric robotic procedures are Pyeloplasties, Ureteric Re-Implantation, and Augmentation Cystoplasties which, along with several other procedures, have been performed successfully at our hospital numerous times in the past few years.
Benefits of Pediatric Robotic Surgery
Traditional laparoscopic surgeries have certain limitations when it comes to younger patients. A robotic surgery overcomes these limitations and helps the surgeons accomplish more successful pediatric surgeries.
The benefits of the da Vinci Si Surgical System used at Centre for Robotic Surgery for robotic pediatric surgery are two-fold: It offers advantages to both the surgeon and the child patient.
For surgeons, the benefits include:
- A high-definition, 3-D view of the ongoing procedure
- Better dexterity which helps in correct suturing
- Better precision due to filtering of hand tremors
- More degrees of freedom compared to human hand
Since the surgeon is able to perform better operations, the following benefits are passed on to the child patients:
- Small keyhole-sized incisions and hence, fewer scars
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal activity level
- Reduced risk of blood loss as well as blood transfusion
- Reduced risk of post-operative infections
- Much less pain post the surgery
Pediatric Surgery : Post-Operative Care
The post-operative course after pediatric robotic surgery is dictated depending on the type of surgery done.
In pediatric pyeloplasties an indwelling catheter placed introperatively is removed on day 1 and the patient is discharged on day 2. The same post operative course applies for ureteric re-implantation
In other major procedures such as robotic augmentation the patient remains hospitalized for approximately 4 to 5 days.