• Robotic-Assisted Surgery

    da Vinci Xi Surgical System

    The robotic technology becomes a natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands. Image courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

    Trained surgeons in the Division of Pediatric Urology use robotic technology to complete minimally invasive surgical procedures with greater precision and control.

    The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is designed to improve patient safety, save costs and allow robotic surgery to be performed on smaller patients, including infants.

    Paul Noh, director of minimally invasive surgery in the Division of Pediatric Urology, is certified by Intuitive Surgical as a surgical proctor for robotic-assisted surgery. Noh, along with Pramod P. Reddy and W. Robert DeFoor, make up the robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgical team.

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    Surgery is performed by a trained surgeon using robotic technology that enters the patient’s body through small skin openings.

    Surgeons who operate with the assistance of the robot do not stand over the patient as they traditional would. Instead, the surgery is performed with the surgeon sitting at a computer console. The console consists of a large monitor and computer controls. The surgeon operates by moving the computer controls to manipulate instruments held by robotic arms that are positioned over the patient. Movement of the computer controls is translated in real time over the patient. The high-definition view and three-dimensional images of the target organ and surrounding vessels and nerves provide the surgeon with an excellent view of the surgical site.

    By using robotic technology allows a surgeon to perform delicate procedures with more pinpoint precision and accuracy of movement within the patient’s body.

    The robot cannot make decisions or perform surgery on its own. It is a surgical tool that requires a trained surgeon to operate. It is designed to enhance the precision and movement of the surgeon’s hands while performing delicate surgeries through small skin incisions.

    • Faster recovery
    • Decreased blood loss
    • Decreased pain after surgery
    • Decreased risk of infection
    • Decreased surgical complications
    • Decreased length of stay
    • Quicker return to daily activities

    Our Pediatric Urology team will determine the best surgical technique for your child based on several factors including their physical examination, medical and surgical history and diagnosis.

    Each patient considering robotic surgery will need to have an examination by one of our pediatric urologists.