The Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides the most advanced robotic surgery techniques and procedures to the pediatric population and the most advanced training and research to medical professionals. Our multidisciplinary staff brings together providers from various sub-specialties who work as a team to provide the most comprehensive, consistent and personalized care to each child.
Our program is dedicated to the advancement of technology, and we are involved in more than 40 collaborative research projects.
The Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program has three main areas of focus:
Robotic surgery is an exciting and promising area of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Using a high-tech robot, specially trained surgeons perform complex operations through very small openings, thereby reducing pain, recovery times, hospital stays and scars as compared to the traditional open procedures.
Pioneers in pediatric robotic surgery, surgeons at the Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program at Boston Children’s Hospital perform more robotic surgery procedures—and a wider array of procedures—than at any other pediatric hospital in the world.
Because not every child who needs surgery is a candidate for robotic surgery, it is best to talk to a trained doctor for more information.
Our program is dedicated to the advancement of technology though collaborative efforts with colleagues and technology companies. We are involved in more than 40 collaborative research projects.
Recent work has focused on the VGo robot, designed to improve patient-physician communication following surgery. (Speak with your medical team to see if your child is eligible for VGo.)
Other research at the Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program at Boston Children’s Hospital includes:
- the development of nanoparticle technology to assist in therapeutic options for patients with bladder function problems
- creating a more technologically advanced “single port” robot
Training is a key component of our program. Since 2005, we have trained over 75 physicians and medical professionals from all over the world on robotic surgery and simulated surgical scenarios.
Recently, we added emergency simulation to our training course. By creating real-life operating room situations, this approach to training helps medical professionals improve communication with nurses, anesthesiologists and other staff and provides an invaluable opportunity for working with the robotic equipment.
Watch robotic surgery training videos.