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Less pain, faster recovery
A surgeon may be able to remove your child’s choledochal cysts with a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) called a laparoscopy. With this technique, small instruments guided by a small telescope are passed through the body.
The overall safety of MIS techniques appears to be equivalent to open surgery in both children and adults. As with all surgery, the experience of the surgeon and the center where it’s being performed is very important to the outcome of the operation.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopy?
- very small scars, which are difficult to see after several months
- less pain after surgery
- usually a shorter hospital stay
In many cases children, can go home in one to two days instead of three to four, and can return to their normal activities more quickly.
What are the disadvantages of these surgical techniques?
There are many procedures in which MIS is not appropriate for. Technical limitations of MIS equipment, such as lack of dexterity of the tools, make it unsuitable for many pediatric procedures.
More surgeons are being trained in these methods and it’s becoming a routine part of training in many centers. In rare cases, the operation will not be able to be finished laparoscopically, due to unusual complications from the procedure.
In these cases, the operation is nearly always be finished by traditional methods of "open" surgery with an incision.