Basics of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Pediatrics: Complications--How To Manage and Avoid

Patricio Gargollo, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Expert Panelists
Walid Farhat, M.D.
SickKids Hospital, Toronto, ON CANADA

Carlos Villanueva, M.D.
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Benjamin Whittam, M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Urology, Indianapolis, IN



Patricio Gargollo, M.D.; Walid Farhat, M.D.;  Carlos Villanueva, M.D.; and Benjamin Whittam, M.D.; discussed Complications and How To Avoid Them and How To Manage Those That Occur  in minimally invasive surgery in children. The webinar began with a review of the issues surrounding MIS complications presented by Dr. Farhat. Dr. Villanueva continued with a discussion of general complications, covering access and positioning. The discussion then moved on to unexpected intra-operative complications, such as inadvertent injury and failure to recognize that something is wrong. Procedure-specific complications covered ureteral implant and pyeloplasty. Expert Panelists provided commentary and suggestions for success. 

The live webinar format allowed interactive exchanges between a global virtual audience and the Presenters and Expert Panelists as they addressed fundamentals of basic techniques and basic strategies in managing complications in minimally invasive surgery in pediatrics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the general types of complications that can occur in minimally invasive surgery in children
  • Learn about unexpected intra-operative complications
  • Understand a process for determining effective options in managing complications


BE PREPARED! Complications Will Happen (Presented by Walid Farhat, M.D.)

Lost Needle and a Difficult Stent (Presented by Carlos Villanueva, M.D.)

Avoiding Complications in Pediatric Urology Robotic Surgery (Presented by Patricio Gargollo, M.D.)


This THP Webinar was presented on 18 July 2018.