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da Vinci® Surgery

At UVA, we provide minimally invasive surgical services for infants, children and adolescents using the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system. This system is well-suited for complex intra-abdominal procedures and reconstructive urological surgery.

Our pediatric urologist, Sean Corbett, MD, is a recognized leader in the field of urology and robotic-assisted minimally invasive urologic surgery.

What Conditions Does it Treat?

The da Vinci system can be used in infants as young as 3-4 months of age. Some of the conditions currently treated with robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Urinary and bowel incontinence from neurological conditions
  • Complex kidney stones

Benefits of da Vinci® Surgery

The da Vinci robotic system helps surgeons perform complex procedures, usually through three small incisions. Children benefit from this type of surgery over the traditional surgical approaches for a number of reasons, including:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery time (children are often back to their normal activity levels within a week)

The robotic-assisted surgical approach allows the surgeon to operate with three interactive robotic arms while sitting nearby at a console. The robotic system can operate in a very small area with more precision and greater range of motion than a surgeon's wrist or traditional laparoscopic instruments.

One of the robot's arms holds a camera that is lowered into the operating space through a small incision. This allows the surgeon to view the operative field in high-definition 3D images that are magnified 10 times. 

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