Research: Robotic repair of pediatric hernias: Current techniques and practices

Semin Pediatr Surg

. 2023 Jan 26;32(1):151261.

 doi: 10.1016/j.sempedsurg.2023.151261. Online ahead of print.

Robotic repair of pediatric hernias: Current techniques and practices

M G Scrushy 1J C Jacobson 1S R Pandya 2L A Gillory 3

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The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques has gained popularity in pediatric surgery due to decreased length of stay, improved post-operative pain and smaller incisions. Laparoscopic assisted robotic surgical procedures are becoming more common in adults as they carry all of the benefits of traditional MIS but also allow for improved dexterity, visualization and surgeon ergonomics. In adults, hernia repairs are one of the most commonly performed robotic cases but adaption to pediatric repairs has been slower. Case reports and small case series have described a number of various types of pediatric hernia repairs including congenital diaphragmatic hernias, paraesophageal hernias and inguinal hernias. These cases have demonstrated that robotic repair of pediatric hernias is safe and feasible with minimal documented post-operative complications or recurrence. Future directions should focus on larger patient volume in order to assess outcomes between traditional laparoscopic and robotic approaches.

Keywords: Minimally invasive surgery; Pediatric hernias; Robotic surgery.

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