Robotic Assisted Surgery Program

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is surgery done through little incisions using small surgical tools and telescopes. Pediatric robotic surgery is one of the most exciting and promising MIS procedures. The technology is ideally suited for use in a number of complex pediatric urology conditions.

What Is Robotic Assisted Surgery?

The robotic surgical device, known as the da Vinci® Surgical System, enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through little incisions with unmatched precision.

The surgeon sits at a console and looks at a video screen through lenses that look like binoculars. Using hand and foot pedals, the surgeon controls three robotic arms. These arms can move in more dynamic ways than even a human wrist, allowing the surgeon to make very precise, complex motions that would not be possible without the robot.

What Are the Benefits?

Benefits over traditional open surgery may include:

  1. Less pain
  2. Less blood loss
  3. Less scarring
  4. Shorter recovery time
  5. Faster return to normal daily activities

Is My Child Eligible?

The pediatric urology team can assess the best surgical procedure for your child based on such factors as type of diagnosis, physical examination and medical history.

Expertise & Technology

In November 2011, Dell Children’s Medical Center became the second free-standing children’s hospital in the state of Texas to acquire a surgical robot, specifically the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System.

Dr. Danielle D. Sweeney is the first pediatric surgeon in Central Texas to use the surgical robot in the pediatric population and the first to be certified on Dell Children’s robotic system.

Under the direction of Dr. Sweeney, Dell Children’s hopes to grow its program to include other medical specialty groups.