Minimal Access Surgery for Pediatric Patients

Pediatric surgeons at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital have made many advances since launching the first video-assisted surgical program in the tri-state area dedicated exclusively to children. Today the program uses laparoscopy (in the abdomen) and thoracoscopy (in the chest) in both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to address the following conditions:

  • Acute appendicitis
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Contralateral hernia
  • Colon pull-through procedures
  • Removal of the spleen and gall bladder
  • Undescended testis and varicocele
  • Ovarian cysts 
  • Abdominal and chest tumor biopsy and staging
  • Drainage of serious chest infection after pneumonia
  • Insertion of dialysis and shunt tubes
  • Anti-reflux procedures
  • Repair of pectus excavatum
  • Treatment of children with chronic lower abdominal pain

“Our surgeons perform a high number of thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures in children and infants,” says Vincent Duron, MD,  “At NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, we try to approach most procedures minimally invasively,” says Vincent Duron, MD, an expert in this field, “because this often allows for a faster recovery in children.”

At NYP/Columbia, pediatric surgeons have refined the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum.  “Video assisted repair is now the standard of care for this condition,” says Dr. Duron, “and we have further improved our technique to achieve better outcomes and decrease the likelihood of recurrence.”  

“We continue to develop minimally invasive surgical technique in both routine laparoscopic cases but also complex biliary reconstructive cases as well as thoracoscopic cases,” says Dr. Duron. 

For more information about minimally-invasive procedures for pediatric patients, contact Dr. Vincent Duron at 212.342.8586

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