Research & Innovation
At Children’s Hospital Boston, we’re continually learning from our experiences with patients, evaluating the most current data and studying the causes of diseases and new treatments with the aim of developing innovative methods for caring for kids.
Children's is the largest pediatric urology department in the world, with physicians who are experts in a wide range of proven procedures, from simple kidney stone removal to complete repair of bladder exstrophy (a rare birth defect in which the bladder is inside out and exposed outside the body).
We perform more than 2,600 surgical procedures each year and care for almost 15,000 children from throughout the country and all over the world. Many urology "firsts" happened here. All of our expertise goes toward the same goal: treating and curing your child.
Pain management after surgery
Children’s has been a pioneer in anesthesia for children, and our urologists and anesthesia doctors have worked together to develop highly effective pain-management techniques for children who have surgery for vesicoureteral reflux (VUR).
Using these methods, most children recover quickly after surgery and their pain is kept to a minimum. Most children can go home within one or two days. In addition, we have been leaders in development of less invasive methods of correcting VUR. Our pioneering surgeons have used laparoscopic and robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to successfully correct VUR in many children. We also use endoscopic techniques (such as Deflux®) to perform injections to correct VUR in selected children.
Less pain, smaller scars
The Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Reconstructive Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital provides unrivaled expertise in pediatric robotic surgery. Specially trained surgeons use a high-tech robot to perform complex and delicate operations through very small surgical openings. The results are less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, smaller scars, and happier patients.
In 2001, Children's was the first pediatric hospital to acquire a surgical robot. Today, surgeons use the technology for many procedures and perform more pediatric robotic surgeries than any other hospital in the world. Children's physicians have developed a number of new applications for the robot, and train surgeons from around the world on its use.