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Surgical Robot—First in the Region for Kids—Helps Deliver Less-Invasive, Quality Care

Jan 27, 2021 08:40AM ● By Med Magazine

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center recently added a new DaVinci Xi surgical robot to its operating room to continue to provide the safest, highest-quality care and best outcomes for young patients. The DaVinci Xi is the first surgical robot in Omaha to be used in pediatric setting. The robot’s technology allows for minimally-invasive procedures to be performed, using smaller incisions and resulting in quicker recovery times for young patients. 

The robot is nicknamed “Leo” – short for Leonardo, thanks in part to Children’s social media community weighing in. Children’s pediatric urologist Claudia Berrondo, M.D., recently completed the first surgical robot case. 

“Children’s ability to perform robot-assisted procedures means our patients will have smaller incisions, less surgical pain and a quicker recovery with shorter hospital stays,” said Dr. Berrondo.

Dr. Berrondo specializes in pediatric urology and received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. She completed her Urology residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., and her Pediatric Urology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Berrondo is an assistant professor of Surgery at UNMC College of Medicine.

Thanks to donor support, Children’s was able to add this equipment to its operating suites, expanding the teaching capacity of Children’s and laying a strong foundation for building a multidisciplinary robotic surgery program for children. Children’s plans to expand its robotic surgical program to incorporate additional specialties.

Thanks to these advances in clinical care, Children’s continues to fulfill its mission—to improve the life of every child.