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About minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) means less pain and quicker recovery. With this specialized technique for performing surgery, doctors use a tiny camera and small surgical instruments to operate through tiny incisions. MIS provides many advantages over conventional surgery, including:

  • Reduced blood loss
  • Fewer scars
  • Less injury to tissue 
  • Less postoperative pain and complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery

Our approach to treatment

The pediatric surgeons at Cohen Children's provide state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery for infants, children and adolescents. We have been at the forefront of developing and adapting these new techniques and technology to children, in particular newborns. We offer a breadth and scope of minimally invasive pediatric surgery unsurpassed in the New York, New Jersey or Connecticut region.

Our specialties include the following:

  • Endoscopic surgery (no incision is made)
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Esophagoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
  • Single incision surgery
    • Appendectomy (more than 90 percent of our appendectomies are performed through a single small incision in the belly button that becomes almost invisible after it heals)
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic surgery (through the abdominal wall) 
    • Anti-reflux operations (Nissen fundoplication)
    • Appendectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Choledochal cyst resection
    • Duodenal atresia repair
    • Gastrostomy placement
    • Inguinal hernia repair
    • Intestinal resection
    • Inflammatory bowel surgery
    • Liver surgery
    • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
    • Ovarian cystectomy
    • Pancreatic surgery
    • Pull-through for Hirschsprungs's disease
    • Pull-through for imperforate anus
    • Pyloromyotomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Testicular surgery
    • Total proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis
  • Thoracoscopic surgery (through the chest wall) 
    • Congential diaphragmatic hernia repair
    • Esophageal surgery
    • Decortication and empyema drainage
    • Lung biopsy and lung resection
    • Mediastinal mass removal
    • Pectus exacavatum repair (Nuss procedure)
    • Thoracic sympathectomy (for sweaty palms)
    • Treatment for pneumothorax
    • Tracheo-esophageal fistula repair
  • Complex/robotic surgery
    • Combined procedures using endoscopy/laparoscopy/thoracosopy
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