Our experiences with robot- assisted laparoscopic surgery in pediatric patients: the first case series from Turkey

Robotic surgery is a leading treatment option for minimally invasive surgery and has an increasing popularity in pediatric population, as well. In this article, we reported our case series of robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery in pediatric population.

We retrospectively reviewed 29 consecutive pediatric patients who underwent robot- assisted procedures between May 2014 and October 2016. Patient demographics, hospitalization time, estimated blood loss, robotic time and total operative and peri-, and post-operative complications were evaluated.

A total of 24 ureter units (18 patients) with grade 1-5 vesicoureteral reflux in 13 female and 5 male, 1 male patient with vesicoureteral stenosis were underwent robot- assisted laparoscopic ureteral reimplantation (RALUR). All patients had complete resolution after surgery. Robot-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty (RALP) was performed in 6 patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction. All patients had complete resolution after surgery. Completely intracorporeal robotic assisted laparoscopic augmentation ileocystoplasty (RLAIC) was applied to two patients with neurogenic bladder. The symptoms and preoperative hydronephrosis were regressed on the first month of follow-up. Robot-assisted laparoscopic reduction cystoplasty (RALRC) was performed in 14-year-old boy with a bladder diverticula and recurrent urinary tract infection. The last case was eleven- year-old female patient with non-functioning kidney. She had recurrent urinary tract infections and was treated with robotic assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy (RALN).

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery is safe and efficient in pediatric population. Although open surgery is still the gold standard for many pediatric diseases, inherent reconstructive advantages of robotic assisted laparoscopy have a chance to change this view.

Turkish journal of urology. 2017 Aug 01 [Epub]

Yusuf Kibar, Serdar Yalçın, Engin Kaya, Burak Köprü, Turgay Ebiloğlu, Giray Ergin, Hüseyin Tomruk

Department of Urology, Koru Hospital, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Urology, Gülhane Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey., Clinic of Urology, Konya Training and Research Hospital, Konya, Turkey.