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Robotic Surgery Program

Valley Children’s is the only place in the Central Valley to offer robotic-assisted, laparoscopic surgery for pediatric patients. Using the da Vinci® surgical system, our surgeons offer minimally invasive, reconstructive procedures with optimal results and recovery times for children.

While laparoscopic procedures using robotic-assisted tools are common for adults, Valley Children’s is the only one to offer this to pediatric patients in the Central Valley. With specialized training and equipment required just for kids, our experts are prepared to use the most innovative tools, like the da Vinci® to ensure the best care for kids.  

The Da Vinci surgical system being used in surgeryProvider using the Da Vinci robotic surgery system

What are the benefits?

Childhood is busy and strenuous, so when it comes to kids who need a surgical procedure, it is important that the method of care is effective and interferes with their role of being a kid as little as possible. The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions – less than 1 centimeter
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Lower pain medication is required, and possibly no narcotic medication


Robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® is used by our teams who are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as some of the best in the country for their specialty. It is a multidisciplinary tool that can be used for:

  • General surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery