Pediatric Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)
What is Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)?
Minimal access surgery (MAS) is a surgical technique similar to laparoscopy, but further advances the technique by using a single port, usually located at the umbilicus.
What procedures are preformed using Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)?
It is used in general surgery and in more common procedures such as:
- Gastric tube placement
As this technique continues to evolve, more complex MAS procedures are being performed.
What are the advantages of Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)?
- Improved quality of life after surgery
- Reduction in stress response to surgery and postoperative pain
- Smaller incisions and wounds, less scarring and improved cosmesis
- Shorter recovery time
- Video imaging for the entire surgical team
- Appropriate and safe for use in small infants
What are the considerations of Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)?
- MAS requires an experienced surgical team; learning takes time
- Surgeons lose tactile sensation while operating
- Current technology limits imaging to two dimensions
- Control of bleeding is difficult
- Enhanced ergonomics of operation using robotics may improve functionality in the future