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Pediatric Robotic Surgery Now Available at CHOC

In 2001, Mustafa Kabeer, M.D., helped implement the world's first pediatric surgery robotics program at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Now, he is initiating a similar program here at CHOC.

"The discipline of surgery is defined by accuracy in millimeters, and robotics is a discipline of millimeter accuracy. We think we can do a variety of different minimally invasive procedures with robotics," Dr. Kabeer says. "Robotics gives you three-dimensional vision as opposed to the two-dimensional view provided by conventional laparoscopy. Also, the use of a tiny wrist inside the abdomen or chest gives you freedom of movement and the ability to perform complex suturing. The smaller incision means less pain, less cosmetic defect and quicker recovery."

Dr. Kabeer's work in robotic surgery began at Children's Hospital of Michigan, during the interim year between his critical care surgery fellowship and his pediatric surgery fellowship. He was working as a neonatology hospitalist when he was asked to develop pediatric applications for robotic surgery. Intrigued by the possibilities, Dr. Kabeer developed animal models and helped the hospital set up FDA clinical trials. Once his pediatric surgery fellowship began, Dr. Kabeer performed a variety of pediatric cases using robotics, including fundoplications, cholecystectomy, Heller myotomy, pyloroplasty and splenectomy.

Dr. Kabeer has also been involved in developing instruments to use with robotics equipment. He is currently working on a prototype scope so small that it could be passed through a small IV and used on newborns if necessary.

In addition to pediatric robotic surgery, Dr. Kabeer's surgical interests include a broad range from hernia repair to surgical oncology. His oncology interests include tumor immunology. After completing his general surgery training at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Dr. Kabeer participated in tumor vaccine research for neuroblastoma and breast cancer, as well as new therapies for hepatoblastoma. Dr. Kabeer received his medical training at the University of Missouri?Columbia School of Medicine in Columbia.

Mustafa Kabeer, M.D., is in practice with David Gibbs, M.D., and Vinh Lam, M.D., at Pediatric Surgical Specialists of Orange County at 1310 W. Stewart Drive, Suite 308, in Orange. To contact him please call 714-628-8800.

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