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Researchers from Boston Children's developed and perfected the technique for performing robotically assisted pediatric pyeloplasties and completed an 18-month study that showed that the same technique is effective for bladder augmentation procedures. Results from research conducted here have also led to advances and refinements in robotic equipment, making it more suitable for use in pediatric surgery.
View our research projects and our award-winning publications. These projects and abstracts encompass many realms, including laparoscopic techniques, quality of life results, and robotic testing.
The Robotic Surgery Program promotes learning for medical professionals and patients through its wide range of research projects. These research projects are divided into four main categories:
1. Robot-assisted and conventional laparoscopy
assessment of the quality of robot-assisted laparoscopic suturing
development of robot-assisted techniques for pediatric urology
evaluation of the learning-curve effects in robot-assisted and conventional laparoscopic reconstructive procedures
understanding the physiology of laparoscopic procedures
2. Quality of life and outcomes
assessment of patient satisfaction in laparoscopic vs. open procedures
3. Materials and instruments
development and evaluation of novel laparoscopic and robotics instruments
assessment of trocar designs and insertion techniques
development of suture materials for laparoscopic procedures
evaluation of the designs and properties of stents used in pediatric urology
4. Development of new fields
robot-assisted laparoscopic fetal surgery (fetobotics)
molecular urological imaging
radiologic histologic imaging (radiopathology)
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”