Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a relatively new approach to performing a variety of operations for infants and children. This form of surgery uses much smaller incisions instead of the usual incisions. By using specialized, thin instruments placed through very small incisions the surgeon is able to perform the operation using a telescope, camera and a television screen. This type of surgery is often called "laparoscopic surgery" when the operation is in the child’s abdomen or belly or "thoracoscopic surgery" if in the chest. The major benefits of this type of surgery are much smaller scars, a shorter stay in the hospital after surgery in most cases, a faster return to play or school and usually much less pain after surgery.
If your child should need a surgical procedure you can discuss the possibility of minimally invasive surgery with your surgeon. The most common procedures done are listed below.
Most children who require surgery are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. This field of surgery is relatively new and your surgeon should have considerable experience with these types of operations in order to perform these safely. There are some children who are better treated with minimally invasive surgery and some children who may not benefit from this approach. You should discuss this with your child’s surgeon.
Please contact us for more information regarding the details of a specific operation or to inquire if this may be right for your child.
University of Texas Health Science Center Professional BuildingDepartment of Pediatric Surgery6410 Fannin Street, Suite 950Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (832) 325-7234
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)
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