Isaza, Natalia*; Garcia, Pablo†; Dutta, Sanjeev*. Advances in Pediatric Minimal Access Therapy: A Cautious Journey From Therapeutic Endoscopy to Transluminal Surgery Based on the Adult Experience. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: April 2008 – Volume 46 – Issue 4 – p 359-369 doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31815c720b
Since the introduction of laparoscopic surgery by Kelling in 1901, minimal access surgery has developed into a safe and clinically comparable alternative to open surgery of the abdomen. It brings substantial benefits to patients, both adult and pediatric, including less pain, reduced risk of local and systemic complications (eg, ventral herniation, wound infection, adhesion formation), faster recovery, and superior cosmesis (1).
In recent years, therapeutic endoscopy has entered the realm of minimal access surgery, motivated by the goal of further minimizing the invasiveness of abdominal access. With the focus mainly on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), several innovative endoscopic tools have been developed in the attempt to replicate 1 or more of the features of a surgical fundoplication. The Wilson-Cook Endoscopic Sew-Right suturing device, the Bard EndoCinch, and the NDO full-thickness plicator are examples of devices now in clinical use. Alternatively, procedures such as the Stretta exploit the use of energy sources, in this case radiofrequency ablation, to bolster the lower esophageal valve mechanism.[…]