Minimally invasive surgery volume

Why we measure it - It is important to our patients and families that we perform procedures in the safest and most effective way possible. Our surgeons offer a minimally invasive approach when performing many types of elective or emergent procedures. The choice of approach - open or minimally invasive - is decided based on the individual needs of the child. Often, these surgeries are complex requiring greater surgical expertise. Research shows that surgeons and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures.


What this means - We can perform surgery in multiple ways to best suit the child's needs. As these data show, an increasing number of procedures performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are using minimally invasive techniques.

About the data - These data reflect the total number of minimally invasive procedures per year.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • We use infant and child-sized surgical instruments and our operating rooms are outfitted with the latest technology to perform the most complex minimally invasive procedures.
  • Our quality improvement initiatives result in better outcomes. We make sure that all of our surgical repairs are performed safely and accurately the first time around and that our patients experience less discomfort and recover faster.
  • We continue to develop better processes and techniques before, during and after surgery to improve recovery rates for children with congenital diaphragmatic hernias.


Our published papers in pediatric minimally invasive surgery include A Comparison of Newborns Undergoing Thoracoscopic and Open Repair of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Esophagomyotomy of Children with Achalaisa in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and Laparoscopic Diagnosis and Management of Neonatal Ovarian Torsion in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.