Pediatric Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)


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What is Pediatric 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 are the benefits of Pediatric 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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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
    • Appendectomies
  • 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