Johns Hopkins All Children’s offers a wide range of pediatric surgical videos, including minimally invasive surgery for infants, children and young adults.
The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric General Surgery team uses a variety of surgical procedures, including the latest minimally invasive techniques, to treat patients with common and complex surgical needs.
WARNING: This material is for training purposes only and contains graphic video content.
Laparoscopic Interval Appendectomy
Minimally invasive surgery now allows the appendix to be removed in pediatric patients through three small incisions. This video shows an appendectomy in a patient who had presented with perforated appendicitis. By initially treating with antibiotics and delaying the operation several weeks, a large, complex operation is avoided.
Laparoscopic Enteric Cyst Excision
This procedure removes a cystic duplication of the intestine (a congenital abnormality of the intestine).
Inguinal hernia repair is a minimally invasive procedure to correct an inguinal hernia, a hernia that occurs in the groin region. There are several repair techniques, including eversion technique and intracorporeal suturing.
Watch Inguinal Hernia Repair: Eversion Technique
Watch Inguinal Hernia Repair: Intracorporeal Suturing Technique
An operation on ovarian masses includes using minimally invasive techniques to remove large cysts and solid masses on the ovaries. Instruments 2 mm in diameter are used, which allows laparoscopic operations on even the smallest patients.
Pectus Excavatum Repair / Nuss Procedure
The minimally invasive Nuss procedure involves three small incisions on the chest. A metal bar spanning the width of the chest is implanted under the sternum in the chest cavity. The bar lifts up the breastbone and corrects the deformity over time.
Pyloromyotomy (Alternative Knife)
This procedure corrects pyloric stenosis, a thickening in the muscle at the end of the stomach which can prevent food from leaving the stomach, causing vomiting. Minimally invasive techniques and very small instruments open the muscle enough for babies to enjoy eating again.
Single Port Laparoscopic Repair of a Diaphragmatic Hernia
A congenital defect in the diaphragm allows the abdominal organs to herniate into the chest. In this video, one of these hernias is repaired in a child using a single laparoscopic port in the belly button. This represents the very latest in minimally invasive surgical technology.
Splenic Cyst: Partial Excision
A partial excision of a splenic cyst involves a minimally invasive technique where three or four small incisions are made. There are many types of splenic cysts including simple cysts, post trauma and post infection.
Splenopexy for a Wandering Spleen
A splenopexy is a laparoscopic technique to anchor the spleen in a retroperitoneal pocket, avoiding an open incision and any artificial patches.
Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis
This operation uses minimally invasive techniques to treat hyperhidrosis, debilitating palm and/or feet sweating.
Thoracoscopic Lung Resection
This operation uses minimally invasive techniques to remove portions of the lung using three small incisions.
Thoracoscopic Treatment of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
This minimally invasive operation uses thoracoscopic repair to treat CDH with incisions only 3 to 5 mm in size.
Thoracoscopic Treatment of Pneumothorax
This operation removes diseased areas of the lung often caused by a spontaneous collapse of the lung (pneumothorax). Pneumothorax is usually caused from a bubble on the surface of the lung that pops and leaks air.