General and Thoracic Surgery Minimally Invasive Services
General and Thoracic Surgery Minimally Invasive Services

Our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical approaches whenever possible. These approaches are beneficial for patients because they help reduce recovery time and scarring.

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Minimally Invasive Surgical Services 

  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (Nuss procedure)
  • Laparoscopic:
    • Adrenalectomy
    • Appendectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Evaluation of a contralateral hernia
    • Fundoplication
    • Inguinal hernia repair
    • Insertion of dialysis catheters or CSF shunts
    • Nephrectomy for dysplasia
    • Pull-through for Hirschsprung disease
    • Varicocelectomy
    • Laparoscopy for non-palpable testis/laparoscopic orchiopexy
  • Thoracoscopic:
    • Biopsy of decortication
    • Biopsy of thoracic masses
    • Decortication of empyema
    • Ligation of pulmonary blebs
    • Spinal diskectomy and fusion for scoliosis
    • Wedge resections of pulmonary nodules
    • Lobectomy

Commonly treated conditions


  • Abdominal masses
  • Appendicitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Contralateral exploration for inguinal hernia
  • Dysplastic kidney
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hirschsprung disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Non-palpable testis
  • Pheochromocytoma, adrenal masses
  • Renal failure
  • Splenomegaly
  • Varicocele


  • Empyema
  • Pulmonary nodules/metastatic disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Thoracic mass

Pediatric Anesthesia at Children's Mercy

At Children’s Mercy, a pediatric anesthesiologist is an active member of your child’s care team before, during and after their surgery or procedure. We administer anesthesia for more than 27,000 kids per year—that’s 74 per day—so our team is experienced at finding just-right doses of medication for kids of all sizes. During the procedure, your anesthesiologist will carefully monitor your child’s heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing. Afterwards, your anesthesiologist will make sure your child wakes up as comfortably as possible and continue to help with pain control. Learn more about pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Mercy.

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