Paediatric Robotic Assisted Surgery

The goal of minimally invasive procedures or surgery is to offer better or comparable outcomes as opposed to open surgery with the added advantage of cosmetics. For this reason, robotic-assisted surgeries are the go-to approach for children, including infants.

Paediatric robotic surgeries need special techniques and expertise as children’s bodies are much smaller and the surgery requires familiarising with various quadrants of the chest and the abdomen. The best paediatric surgeons at Manipal Hospital, Yeshwanthpur, are highly experienced in such procedures and have performed various paediatric surgeries, such as paediatric laparoscopic surgery, paediatric plastic surgery, paediatric urology surgery, and more.

Advantages of the procedure

Conventional laparoscopic procedures have specific restrictions and limitations when surgery needs to be performed on younger patients. A robotic procedure can overcome all such limitations and help surgeons achieve more successful paediatric surgery outcomes. Following are the benefits of paediatric robotic surgery for children,

  • Minor keyhole-sized cuts or incisions, and thus, a lesser number of scars

  • Short hospital stay

  • Faster return to a normal lifestyle and activity level of the child

  • Decreased risk of blood loss and blood transfusion

  • Decreased risk of post-operative infections

  • Lesser pain after the surgery


While performing Paediatric Robotic Assisted Surgery in Yeshawanthpur, Bangalore, the patient is first taken to a standard operating room staffed with surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists. Two to three minor incisions are made, and the surgeon places tiny robotic surgical tools and a camera within the patient’s body. The surgeon is seated at a console just a few feet away from the patient and uses computer controls to control the instruments that have been placed in the patient's body. The robotic arms then act as an extension of the surgeon’s hands. A three-dimensional magnified view of the surgical field is displayed on the video screen at the operative console. This gives the surgeon a clear view of the area they are operating in.

How quick are paediatric robotic surgeries?

It is important to note and understand that robotic surgeries may take longer than other minimally invasive surgeries. This happens due to the time required for placing the instruments and other various devices. However, at Manipal Hospital, our expert team of paediatric robotic surgeons often try to complete the surgery at the same time as open surgery.

After procedure

The postoperative care after a paediatric robotic surgery is specified depending on the kind of surgery performed. In the case of paediatric pyeloplasty surgeries, an indwelling catheter that is placed intraoperatively is taken off on day 1, and the child can be discharged on day 2. The same postoperative procedure is applicable for ureteric re-implantation. In other main procedures, such as robotic augmentation, the patient must be hospitalised for up to four or five days.

Manipal Hospital is a pioneer in the country for introducing robotic surgery. With an expert team of paediatric surgeons and state-of-the-art equipment, it is safe to say that this hospital is the safest and best option for paediatric procedures. Contact Manipal Hospitals to get detailed information regarding the varities of treatments.