• Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery Program

    The only dedicated pediatric robotic surgery program in Houston

    Robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Si Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical allows the pediatric robotic surgeons at Texas Children’s to perform minimally invasive reconstructive procedures in children. The 3-D visualization, intuitive computer-enhanced motion control, smaller instruments and increased range of motion allow for delicate surgical procedures in children to be performed with tiny “keyhole” incisions.

    Robotic surgery is most often used for:

    • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction/hydronephrosis – pyeloplasty
    • Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) – ureteral reimplantation
    • Kidney removal (nephrectomy)
    • Kidney reconstructive surgery, including partial nephrectomy
    • Ureter reconstructive surgery
    • Bladder reconstructive surgery
    • Cholecystectomy – gallbladder removal
    • Nissen fundoplication – esophageal reflux surgery
    • Pelvic organ removal and reconstruction

    The benefits of robotic surgery include:

    • Smaller incisions
    • Shorter hospital stays
    • Decreased postoperative pain medication requirements
    • Smaller scars and improved cosmetic appearance after surgery

    Doctors and patients alike often prefer this kind of surgery because patients are able to go home sooner than with open surgery (usually after only 1 night in the hospital) and because they use less pain medications than children who underwent conventional open surgery.

    The program also serves as a pediatric robotic surgery research and training center for pediatric surgical specialists. Please contact Chester Koh, MD, for further information.

    The Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program is led by Dr. Koh, Director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, and Patricio Gargollo, MD, Co-Director, Pediatric Urology Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Program, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

    The Annual Pediatric Urology Hands-on Robotic Surgery Training Course takes place annually in March in Houston, TX. Please contact us for more information.

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