Endoscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery. An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a camera attached to the end. We use specialized types of endoscopes for different procedures, allowing us to perform effective, precise surgeries that result in less pain and a shorter recovery.
At Children’s National Hospital, we routinely perform surgical endoscopy procedures as part of our commitment to using the least invasive surgery possible for your child.
Our pediatric surgical team uses endoscopic procedures to treat many types of conditions, from heart and lung defects to gastrointestinal diseases. We collaborate closely with pediatric specialist in many other departments to ensure our patients receive the comprehensive services they require.
Endoscopy surgery at Children’s National is:
Endoscopic surgery is a broad term that encompasses many different types of surgical procedures. The goal of any endoscopic procedure is to access the operating area using either an existing entryway to the body (such as the nose) or through small incisions. This avoids the need for a large incision. The type of endoscope we use depends on where we need to operate.
Common endoscopic procedures include:
Thoracoscopy uses an endoscope called a thoracoscope, which we insert through a small incision in the chest. This specialized type of thoracoscopic surgery is often called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATs). VATS has the added advantage of using video technology to guide the surgery, allowing us to perform more precise and targeted procedures.
We may recommend thoracoscopy for your child if we need to:
There are many advantages to an endoscopic procedure compared to a traditional procedure. These include:
Specifically in children, benefits also include:
Before the surgery, our pediatric anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia to your child. Your child will be asleep the entire time and not feel any pain.
Each child’s surgery is different, depending on your child’s age, condition, and the specific procedure we are performing. Here is a general idea of what you can expect. We will:
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The pediatric surgical experts at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide advanced, comprehensive surgical care for infants, children and teenagers.