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Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is an innovative technique in which small "key hole" incisions are made in the chest (thoracoscopy) or abdomen (laparoscopy).  A small camera is passed through the keyholes and provides the surgeon a high definition picture of the inside of the body.  Long, thin instruments as thin as a matchstick are then used to perform the operation.  

About Minimally Invasive Surgery at All Children's Hospital.

The All Children’s Pediatric Surgery group is the regional leader in providing state of the art minimally invasive surgical procedures.  Our surgeons have specialty training and expertise to perform a wide range of minimally invasive operations on babies, children and adolescents.

Highlights of our program include:

What can you expect from Minimally Invasive Surgery?

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

What operations are performed using Minimally Invasive Surgery?

  Instruments used in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Incision for open CDH repair
Incision following Minimally Invasive Surgery repair of CDH
Incision immediately following repair for intestinal atresia
on 2 day old baby
Chest (thoracoscopy)
Abdomen (laparoscopy)

What is Single-incision Surgery?

Picture of incision immediately following Single-incision cholecystectomy
Picture of incision 2 weeks following
Single-incision cholecystectomy

Single-incision surgery is a very exciting, innovative technique that allows surgeons to perform many operations and leave no visible scar.  This is accomplished by using a single incision (cut) hidden in the belly button.  Up to four specialized instruments can be passed through this one incision to perform the operation.  Benefits of this approach include less pain, possibly no visible scar and quicker return to full activities.  Operations offered using this approach include cholecystectomy, appendectomy, ovarian cysts and other procedures as recommended by your surgeon. See videos of Single-Incision Surgery in our Pediatric Surgery Video Library.

Links to learn more about Minimally Invasive Surgery

International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Appointments and More Information

For more information, visit Pediatric General Surgery. To make an appointment or to ask questions, please call (727) -767-4170.


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