FEATURE
STORY
Relatively common among adult surgeons, few pediatric surgeons have the advanced
training needed to properly, safely, and successfully perform these types of surgeries in the
pediatric population.
At Children’s Hospital, all of the surgeons in our General and Thoracic Surgery and
Urology divisions have that advanced training. They are performing an increasing number
of these procedures, ranging from common operations such as appendectomies and
cholecystectomies, to complex neonatal, abdominal, and chest surgeries, using minimally
invasive or robot-assisted techniques.
Nearly half of Children’s 13 surgical suites are equipped with state-of-the-art
technologies needed to perform minimally invasive surgeries in children.
The hospital also is one of just a handful of pediatric hospitals nationally with the top-of-
the-line daVinci SI Dual Consol Surgical Robot System. This system can be used either for
operations where two surgeons must operate simultaneously, or for training purposes.
Minimally Invasive and Robotic
Surgery Center
For many years, the pediatric
surgeons at Children’s Hospital
of Pittsburgh of UPMC have
been leaders among their peers
in minimally invasive surgical
techniques. Now, that national
leadership is extended to robot-
assisted pediatric surgeries as well
as single-site pediatric surgeries.
EXTENDING INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES TO PEDIATRICS
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CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH OF UPMC
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ABOVE:
Part of the daVinci SI Dual Consol
Surgical Robot System at Children's Hospital
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