Laparoscopic surgery is the art of performing surgery in the abdominal cavity using special instruments through tiny incisions on the abdominal wall, with the aid of a telescope that projects the view of the operative site onto a video screen. It is part of what is commonly referred to as ‘minimally invasive surgery’ (MIS). Likewise, thoracoscopy is minimally invasive surgery within the thoracic cavity.
The development of MIS, undoubtedly has been the major revolution in the field of surgery within the last 25 years. Not only do patients benefit from cosmetically better scars, they also recover faster from the surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has been applied to kids with good results and a number of pediatric operations can be performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques. This includes surgeries in both older children as well as infants and neonates. However, MIS is not for all kids as some surgeries are better performed in an open traditional manner and the advantages of MIS has to be counterbalanced with the prolonged anesthesia required for a longer duration of surgery in some conditions with MIS. A discussion with your surgeon can shed light on what approach would be ideal for your child requiring surgery as well as the benefits and risks of either approach.
Safe application of minimally invasive surgery in children requires special training. Dr Jones has a special interest in MIS in children and has been performing laparoscopy and thoracoscopy in children of all ages for more than 10 years. Some of Dr Jones’ publications regarding MIS in kids, published in peer-reviewed journals are given below.