Norton Children’s Surgery, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, offers minimally invasive surgery for children and teens. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques that may offer children less pain, less surgical trauma (scarring) and shorter recovery times after surgery. We offer minimally invasive surgery techniques in all surgical specialties at Norton Children’s Hospital.
Minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions (cuts) using miniaturized tools and cameras or telescopes, sometimes using robotic-assisted technology. In traditional open surgery, an incision is made large enough to reach internal organs. With minimally invasive surgery, two to three small incisions (1/10 to 3/16 inch) may be required. We use a wide variety of minimally invasive surgery techniques, including:
Procedures that use minimally invasive techniques are just as safe and effective as procedures completed using conventional methods. However, minimally invasive techniques can provide potential benefits to the patient, including:
The pediatric surgeons with Norton Children’s Surgery can determine if minimally invasive surgery techniques are right for your child. Minimally invasive techniques are not appropriate for all types of surgeries. If you have questions about minimally invasive techniques or if they’re right for your child, speak to your surgical team.