LIVEWELL MINUTE: Pediatric Surgery
When a child needs surgery, parents want the very best – from highly skilled surgical teams to the most advanced technology. Blank Children’s Hospital is proud to be a pediatric surgery center of excellence for children right here in Central Iowa.
Dr. Michael Irish, MD, Pediatric Surgeon at Blank Children’s Hospital says, “Blank Children’s provides a dedicated surgical team of pediatric surgeons, specialists and nurses equipped with state-of-the-art technology. We are dedicated to the needs not only of our young patients, but their families as well.”
Blank Children’s Hospital is an international leader in minimally invasive pediatric general surgery and urology. Minimally invasive surgery involves surgical techniques using smaller incisions, some no bigger than a needle. This means less pain and much smaller scars, as well as a faster recovery.
One piece of advanced technology that is sometimes used is the Da Vinci surgical robot. Surgeons at Blank were the first in the world to use this system for pediatric general surgery, and have been recognized worldwide for their advanced utilization of this system.
Dr. Irish says, “We strive to provide the best technology with compassionate care. We use minimally invasive techniques to lessen the physiologic impact of surgery, minimize scarring and to speed recovery time. We care for our patients as if they were our own kids.”