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Gastric Fundoplication

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Abstract

Most minimally invasive surgical equipment are designed for adults. Pediatric surgeons need to find ways of making the adult equipment fit in the world of pediatric surgery. The da Vinci is no exception and was never designed with children in mind. Since the start of the robotic era, very little has been done to redesign or improve the technology for kids. For example, Intuitive Surgical’s 5 mm instrument line debuted at the end of 2004. We are now well over a decade later and nothing has been done to expand the 5 mm robotic instrument product line. The selection of instrument choices remains extremely limited with less than ten usable 5 mm robotic instruments and no hint of smaller instruments on the horizon. Moreover, pediatric surgeons are forced to find unique ways to make this technology work in children. Despite these challenges, we can utilize a few simple adaptations to enhance our ability to safely perform robotic surgery in children.

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Meehan, J. (2017). Gastric Fundoplication. In: Mattioli, G., Petralia, P. (eds) Pediatric Robotic Surgery. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41863-6_16

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