Monday, March 5, 2012

Sheikh Zayed Institute brings pediatric robot-assisted surgery to Children's National

Children's National has added a new minimally invasive surgery option for children needing some types of urology procedures: robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Here's Craig Peters, MD, one of the pioneers of adapting this system into use for children a decade ago, talking to families about the benefits of this surgical approach (and some great footage of the robotics system during a case).

Both the hiring of Dr. Peters and the addition of the da Vinci Surgical System to Children’s National were made possible through the joint clinical and research efforts of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National. Both are focused on working together to develop more precise and less painful surgery for children.

In addition to the clinical robotic system, Children’s National will also add a robot for training and research, which will be housed in the bioengineering laboratory at the Sheikh Zayed Institute. This research-based robot will be used to train more surgeons on the system and allow doctors and engineers to create new tools to use with it so they can perform additional procedures on other areas of the body.