Pediatric minimally invasive surgery operating rooms Denver

Expert Staff Using Technology You Can Trust

Our smallest patients at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children require the greatest amount of care when they undergo surgery.  Families want to be informed about what is going to happen to their child; they want to feel confident in the team and to trust the technology used to perform their child’s surgery. Our maternal fetal care team at the Center for Maternal/Fetal Health are here to provide leading-edge surgical care for your child.

The specialized pediatric operating room(s) for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children provides the innovations to do just that: to provide superior technical support to the surgical team, allowing them to focus on what’s most important--your child.

Minimally invasive surgery can safely be performed on infants weighing as little as two pounds, so this approach is often appropriate for infants in the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children NICU. That is why our team's first question is always can minimally invasive techniques be used to improve the immediate and long term results for this child?

High-tech operating rooms

Through a long-term partnership with Karl Storz, a leading manufacturer of minimally invasive technologies, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has the most advanced equipment for our minimally invasive operating rooms.

How does an MIS operating room work?

Our operating room technology brings together information from multiple cameras and monitors, allowing the surgeon and staff to see inside and outside the body and to evaluate in real time how your child is responding to the procedure. 

In minimally invasive surgery, a high-definition camera with a light source is placed into the body through a small incision with a scope that magnifies the surgeon’s operating area up to 10 times.  The surgeon can see precisely where to perform the surgery with the least amount of disturbance to surrounding tissue inside the body.  This helps to minimize your child’s pain and discomfort and allows for a speedier recovery.

Large screen high definition (HD) TVs monitors are mounted on the walls of the operating room so that the entire operating staff can see what the surgeon sees through the scopes placed inside the body.

Another high definition camera looks directly over the patient and another camera monitors the entire room.  All of these real time images of your child can be shown on any of the monitors in the room, so that the entire team can view every moment during the surgery.

Medical information available for immediate viewing during the operation

Using another technology, the surgeon can retrieve all of your child’s current and previous medical information pertinent to have available during surgery—x-rays, scans, lab reports and any other critical information.

The information is available through the surgeon’s iPad and accessible at any time, so that surgery can be pre-planned using the most up-to-date information about your child’s condition.

Technology to keep Your child safe

The combination of all of the monitoring technology and cameras allows many more staff in the operating room to see every aspect of the surgical procedure, dramatically increasing patient safety for your child.

Before beginning the procedure, staff has a surgical “time out” and uses a checklist from the system that is specific to your child’s surgery to verify all important information before proceeding.

Similar to a dashboard in a car, the multiple monitors in the operating room display, update and record all critical information such as response to anesthesia, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels for the patient.  Everything the team needs to know is immediately available and automatically updated throughout the surgical procedure.

The monitoring devices can “talk with each other” so that one device can tell another one to increase, decrease or shut down based on changes in your child’s condition

Additional patient safety measures built into the operating room include:

  • Electronic list of all equipment and confirmation of its testing for safety
  • Surgical equipment automatically set to correct specifications for size and weight of your child
  • A light source that automatically brightens or dims as the surgeon moves instruments, allowing full concentration on the patient without the distraction of changing light settings manually.

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