Experts in robotic surgery for urology conditions

Ranked among the top pediatric urology programs by U.S.News & World Report, The Center for Pediatric Urology at Children's Medical Center Dallas is one of the most distinguished centers in the nation. The surgeons at Children's are among a few specialists in the world to provide robotic surgical repairs for a number of urological conditions including:


Uretero-pelvic junction obstruction (UPJ)


Neurogenic bladder

Continent catheterizable conduits including appendicovesicosomy (APV)

Uretero-vesical junction obstruction (UVJ)

Bladder augmentation

Ectopic ureters


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The specialists who perform robotic surgery at Children's recognize the unique needs required for the young, growing bodies of pediatric patients. Urological disorders require a greater need for accuracy, which can in many cases best be attained through robotic surgery. Robotic surgery often provides the surgeon even greater precision, visibility and hand movement in the smallest of areas. Dr. Patricio Gargollo, pediatric urologist at Children's has pioneered the technique of “scarless” laparoscopy where incisions are discreetly hidden at the bikini line and therefore not visible when a patient is wearing a bathing suit. This knowledge, coupled with our surgeons' highly specialized training in minimally invasive surgical repair, offers your child the best treatment and post-op care available.

Benefits of robotic surgery at Children's include:

  • Quicker return to normal activity (within a few days) compared to the several weeks that are necessary for recovery time after an traditional surgery.
  • Significantly less pain which allows for shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times than those for traditional surgery.
  • Because the surgeon operates through three to four small incisions (1/3- to 1/2-inch in size), the patient will have considerably smaller scars that are characteristic in traditional surgery.
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Meet Dr. Patricio Gargollo

Dr. Patricio Gargollo is one of only a handful of pediatric urologists with specialized training in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery, which he received from Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School—the institutions where robotic surgery and laparoscopy for pediatric urology was first performed.

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