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What to Expect: Minimally Invasive Surgery


  • Before any procedure, your care team will discuss in detail the surgery to be performed, including expectations, the reason for the procedure, risks, benefits and alternatives.
  • You’ll also discuss the pre-surgery “game plan” – whether there are any medications your child should avoid or stop taking temporarily and what your child can or can’t eat or drink before surgery.


  • During a minimally invasive procedure, your child will be put to sleep – and will feel no pain – with a general anesthetic.
  • His or her abdomen will be filled with carbon dioxide gas (CO2), creating a “dome effect.” This gives the surgeon a better view of the organs inside the body and more space to work.


  • Many patients go home the same day as their minimally invasive surgery.
  • Because of the smaller incisions, scars are very small compared to traditional surgery.
  • Many children return to school after a few days.
  • Ask your doctor what activities your child can and cannot do in the days and weeks after the surgery.