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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Pediatric surgeons at Wolfson Children’s perform a full range of minimally invasive procedures that help kids go home sooner and feel better faster.

Why Wolfson

Children receive world-class surgical care at Wolfson Children’s. The expert team can determine if minimally invasive procedures are the best option for your child’s condition.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ask your doctor if minimally invasive techniques are an option for your child’s surgery.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons to operate using very small incisions thanks to special tools and the use of a small tube with a camera. Smaller incisions mean less pain and a quicker recovery.

Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery We Perform:

  • Cystoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Robot-assisted surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ask your doctor if minimally invasive techniques are an option for your child’s surgery.

surgeon sitting at a station doing a robot assisted surgery

Robot-Assisted Surgery

Wolfson Children’s has a world-class robotic surgery program, and our surgeons are the area’s most experienced with da Vinci procedures for children. Robotic arms allow surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures using tiny instruments with ultra precision through a small incision.

Minimally Invasive Procedures We Perform

Abdominal Procedures

  • Adrenalectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cecostomy (C-Tube placement)
  • Cholangiogram
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal)
  • Choledochal cyst excision and repair
  • Colectomy
  • Colostomy
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Duodenal atresia repair
  • Duplication cyst excision
  • Esophageal stenosis repair
  • Gastrostomy closure
  • Gastrostomy revision
  • Heller myotomy for achalasia
  • Hepaticoduodenostomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Hysterectomy
  • Ileoanal pull through
  • Ileostomy
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Intestinal web repair
  • Jejunostomy
  • Kidney stone surgery
  • Liver biopsy
  • Ladd's procedure for malrotation
  • Meckel's diverticulum
  • Morgagni hernia repair
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Oophorectomy
  • Orchiopexy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Paraspinal mass excision
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Pyloromyotomy (pyloric stenosis)
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Reduction of intussusception
  • Reduction of ovarian torsion
  • Soave pull thru (Hirschsprung's)
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenic cyst removal
  • Stricturoplasty
  • Swenson pull through
  • Thal fundoplication
  • Toupet fundoplication
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula repair
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Urachal cyst excision
  • Ureteral reimplantation
  • Ureteral stone surgery

Chest Procedures

  • Bleb resection for spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Chest wall mass excision
  • Decortication
  • Diaphragmatic plication
  • Heart electrophysiology transcatheter ablation
  • Lung biopsy
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Lung sequestration resection
  • Mediastinal mass excision
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Thymectomy (myasthenia gravis)

Brain and Spine Procedures

  • Brain aneurysms and vascular malformations endovascular repair and treatment
  • Craniofacial anomalies and skull-base disorders
  • Craniosynostosis endoscopic repair
  • Hydrocephalus, brain tumors and brain cysts neuro-endoscopy
  • Minimally invasive spine instrumentation and fusion
  • Single-level selective dorsal rhizotomy

ENT Procedures

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Ear tube placement
  • Neonatal jaw surgery
  • Salivary gland stone removal
  • Tonsillectomy

Other Procedures

  • Biopsy of tumor or organs
  • Cyst excision
  • Exploratory laparoscopy for trauma
  • Foreign body removal
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Lysis of adhesions
  • Mass resection
  • Tumor excision

High-Tech Pediatric Neurosurgery Operating Suite

This dedicated suite delivers the latest in integrated image guidance and minimally invasive technology, enabling the neurosurgeon to navigate precisely in the brain to facilitate the removal of tumors or surgery on other brain structures with pinpoint accuracy.

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Sometimes catheters are used for diagnosis or treatment of heart rhythm disorders and other heart conditions. Specialists in our lab use the most advanced technology to perform these minimally invasive procedures.


We bring together an expert team of pediatric surgeons, as well as the support of specialized nurses, pediatric anesthesiologists and more, to create a plan for initial treatment and ongoing care to meet the specific needs of your child.


Our minimally invasive surgical services help children in North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. Wolfson Children’s is located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.