Minimally Invasive Procedures We Perform

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital offers minimally invasive surgical approaches for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

We consider minimally invasive surgery as the first choice for any condition.  If a procedure can be performed minimally invasively to result in a better outcome and experience for the child, it will be performed minimally invasively by the pediatric surgeons at Mott Children’s Hospital.

A list of the more common procedures performed minimally invasively by our pediatric surgery team includes, but is not limited to:


  • Lung diseases and conditions
    • CPAM and sequestrations
    • Lung masses and abnormalities
    • Congenital and acquired lobar emphysema
    • Spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Bronchial cysts
    • Empyema
  • Esophageal problems
    • Esophageal atresia with and without tracheal esophageal fistula
    • Esophageal duplications
    • Esophageal strictures
    • Esophageal perforation
    • Other esophageal disease
  • Chest wall abnormalities
    • Pectus excavatum
    • Pectus carinatum
    • Rib diseases
  • Diseases involving the thymus
  • Diaphragm
  • Chylothorax
  • Mediastinal cysts and tumors
  • Foreign bodies in the esophagus and airway
  • Chest or mediastinal abscesses


  • Stomach and lower esophagus
    • Duodenal atresia
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux
    • Achalasia
    • Obesity
    • Gastric duplications
    • Pyloric stenosis
    • Feeding difficulties and enteral access
  • Intestine
    • Intestinal duplications
    • Feeding difficulties and enteral access
    • Bowel obstructions
    • Bowel resections
    • Intussusception
    • Meckels diverticulum
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Crohn’s
    • Intestinal stenosis
  • Colon
    • Appendicitis
    • Crohn’s
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Inflammatory bowel
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Constipation
    • Intestinal stenosis
  • Tumors
    • Abdominal and pelvic masses
  • Anus and rectum
    • Anorectal malformations
    • Hirschprung’s
  • Liver and biliary disease
    • Gallstone disease
    • Cholecystitis
    • Portal hypertension
    • Liver masses and disease
    • Biliary drainage and obstructions
  • Spleen problems
    • Spherocytosis
    • Wandering spleen
    • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
    • Diseases causing spleen destroying platelets and red blood cells
    • Trauma to the spleen
    • Other diseases of the spleen
  • Pancreatic pseudocysts
  • Tumors
  • Hernias
  • Abdominal and pelvic abscesses
  • Undescended testicles
  • Biopsies of any organs or mass
  • Diseases of the kidney
  • Renal failure with peritoneal dialysis access


If you do not see your condition listed above, please contact our pediatric surgery clinic to discuss your surgical options with us directly. 

Minimally invasive surgical techniques are also used frequently by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital interventional radiology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology and congenital heart center programs.