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Revista de sanidad militar

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GARIBAY GONZALEZ, Francisco et al. Robotic surgery in urology. First prospective pediatric case series in Latin America. Rev. sanid. mil. [online]. 2018, vol.72, n.5-6, pp.281-288.  Epub Aug 23, 2019. ISSN 0301-696X.


To report the first prospective case series of pediatric robotic urology procedures in Latin America.

Material and methods

A prospective, descriptive, analytic study was performed of all children who underwent robot-assisted pediatric urology surgery (da Vinci system) from March 23, 2015 to April 20, 2016.


38 robotic procedures were done in 30 patients. Mean age was 6.6 y (4 mo-15 yo). 20 males and 10 females. Weight range: 7.5 to 60 kg, height range: 55 to 180 cm. Eleven nephrectomies, 11 pyeloplasties, nine ureteral reimplantations in six patients, four varicocelectomies, one partial nephrectomy, one release of ureteropelvic junction extrinsic obstruction were performed. There was one postoperative complication (2.6%) and one conversion (2.6%). Mean robotic console time (mean = 150 min) and hospital stay (mean =2.5 days) were similar to those reported in the literature. The mean follow up was of seven months (1-13), with satisfactory evolution and no mortality.


The present paper represents the first pediatric case series in Mexico and Latin America. Our results are satisfactory and reveal that pediatric robotic urology procedures are feasible and safely performed, similar to what has been previously reported in the international literature.

Keywords : Robotics; laparoscopy; minimally invasive surgery; pediatrics; urology.

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