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[Video-assisted surgery in children: Current progress and future perspectives].


This review presents the evidence of video-assisted surgery in the pediatric population and discusses future progress in this field. Videosurgery minimizes the cosmetic impact and the pain induced by open procedures and has been in constant development in adults and children. Earlier training of surgeons and residents combined with advances in anesthetics and technology have expanded the use of videosurgery for more complex interventions. Although most feasible surgical procedures have been performed by laparoscopy, the literature has not yet defined it as the gold standard for most interventions, especially because of the lack of evidence for many of them. However, laparoscopy for cholecystectomy is now the preferred approach with excellent postoperative outcomes and few complications. Although no evidence has been demonstrated in children, laparoscopy has been shown to be superior in adults for gastroesophageal reflux disease and splenectomy. Laparoscopic appendectomy remains controversial. Nevertheless, meta-analyses have concluded in moderate but significant advantages in terms of pain, cosmetic considerations, and recovery for the laparoscopic approach. Laparoscopy is now adopted for undescended testes and allows both localization and surgical treatment if necessary. For benign conditions, videosurgery can be an excellent tool for nephrectomy and adrenalectomy. However, laparoscopy remains controversial in pediatric surgical oncology.


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Matthieu Peycelon, B. Parmentier, Claire Raquillet, N. Louvet, Georges Audry, et al.. [Video-assisted surgery in children: Current progress and future perspectives].. Archives de Pédiatrie, 2013, 20 (5), pp.509-16. ⟨10.1016/j.arcped.2013.02.073⟩. ⟨inserm-00825077⟩
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