The surgeons at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Surgery (RMPS) have invented many minimally invasive surgery techniques and helped develop instruments now used by surgeons worldwide. For example, Dr. Steve Rothenberg performed the world's first minimally invasive surgery repair of tracheo-esophageal fistula and duodenal atresia in newborns. RMPS boasts:
- Advanced operating rooms
- Leaders in research and innovation
- The highest patient satisfaction in the Rocky Mountain Region (Press Ganey)
- Unparalleled access to pediatric specialists
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is not technology; it is a technique. Minimally invasive surgery is a philosophy that aims at minimizing the physiologic “costs” of an operation while simultaneously improving surgical precision.
Many types of surgery can be minimally invasive, all leading to lower complication rates, faster recovery and reduced scarring.
How Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Work?
Minimally invasive procedures have come a long way from the earliest bulky instruments and limited capabilities. Using scopes equipped with small cameras and instruments, this technique is used to perform surgeries with small incisions.
By using more precise movements, we are able to work safely in even some of the smallest patients.
These procedures may be done in several ways:
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What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Our physicians are world-class pioneers of minimally invasive pediatric surgery, and utilize minimally invasive surgery techniques in order to bring your child:
- Smaller, more precise surgical movements
- Decreased pain
- Limited scarring
- Faster recovery times – often 2-3 times faster than open surgery
- Expert physician experience
RMPS produces results actually better than nationally reported averages thanks in large part to our surgeons’ breadth of experience. This expertise and unparalleled experience also allows our surgeons to create new, safer, more effective techniques.
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What is the Age Requirement for Minimally Invasive Surgery?
It was once thought that only adults could withstand minimally invasive procedures and only very simple procedures could be attempted. However, thanks to technological advances, minimally invasive surgery can safely be performed on infants weighing as little as two pounds.
Computers and high-resolution charge-couple devices (video cameras) have made the visualization of tiny structures inside the body easier by remote than by direct (or even telescope/surgical loupe assisted) vision; this advanced technology allows both surgeon and staff to evaluate in real time how your child is responding to the procedure.