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Children's Hospital Los Angeles is one of the first in the nation to move beyond traditional laparoscopic surgery to provide robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for children. Our surgeons have performed more than 400 robotic surgeries, making our Robotic Surgery Program one of the most experienced centers in the United States.
We are the only hospital in Southern California to have a dedicated surgical robot for children, and are home to one of the few robots in the world being used to provide minimally-invasive surgery exclusively for kids.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles uses the da Vinci Surgical System. Our surgeons are among a select few in the United States certified and actively promoted by Intuitive Surgical as pediatric robotic surgeons, having successfully completed the requisite number of surgeries using the required robotic system.
Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for every child. Our surgeons are available to discuss your child's individual needs.
We are grateful for our partnership with the generous Joseph P. Gould Foundation, which helped us initiate the minimally-invasive, robotic surgery program in 2008 and for the Douglas Foundation’s gift in 2015 to continue offering this unique program.
The benefits of robotic surgery include:
Below is a list of pediatric surgical procedures for which the da Vinci robot can be used.