What are the advantages of robotic surgery for children?

For children, the biggest advantages of robotic surgery versus open surgery are faster recovery time, less scarring (smaller incisions) and less blood loss. Robotic technology is appropriate for a number of complex pediatric urology procedures. The most common include kidney and bladder reconstruction, ureteral re-implantation and ureter reconstruction. For these procedures and others, robotic surgery has offered similar results as traditional open surgery. But, not every child who needs surgery is a candidate for robotic surgery which is why it is best to talk to a trained robotic surgeon for more information.

Recovery times are different from child to child. However, in general, hospitalization and recovery times for children who have undergone robotic versus an open surgery are much shorter. Children often can return to normal activities within a few days versus several weeks.

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