Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Urology
Pediatric Urology

Minimally-Invasive Urologic Surgery

The Minimally-Invasive Surgery Program in the Pediatric Urology Department specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidney, bladder and other organs in the abdominal cavity, known as the retroperitoneum. The team of experts is dedicated to providing the best surgical care for children, teens and young adults with quick appointment scheduling that helps lead to faster recoveries.

What is minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery helps patients heal faster after surgery with less pain and smaller scars than traditional surgery. We offer this technique for children as young as 1–year-old.

The experts in our program successfully perform all procedures of minimally-invasive surgery, including:

Laparoscopic surgery

This involves creating 4-6 small incisions, which are used to place instruments and cameras into the area of the body that will be operated on. Those instruments work inside the body and perform the surgery.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery

This is a newer form of laparoscopic surgery. Only one incision through the belly button is used to place the camera and medical instruments to perform surgery inside the patient’s abdomen.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery uses multiple small incisions to place instruments and a camera into the body to perform surgery. The instruments are connected to a robotic platform that is controlled by the surgeon. This allows for better control of smaller instruments used for detailed tasks like suturing (stitching) inside of the abdomen.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for minimally invasive urologic surgery?

The Department of Pediatric Urology at Children's Colorado specializes in providing care to children, teens and young adults – making us experts at caring for kids. Every patient receives individualized services, including treatment plans that offer the leading surgical options available in pediatric urology.

We understand that finding the best treatment option for your child is stressful. That’s why we offer quick appointment scheduling to get you answers fast. At your child’s appointment, we complete all the necessary tests and studies in one day to provide you with the best treatment options, quickly.

An entire team of experts caring for your child

Patients in the Minimally-Invasive Urologic Surgery Program are cared for by four fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric urologists. This sub-specialized expertise provides patients with kid-friendly specialists and advanced treatments resulting in a quicker recovery.

Children’s Colorado partners with the University of Colorado to offer the latest technology in minimally invasive surgery to our patients.

Conditions we treat with minimally invasive surgery:

Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
Vesicoureteral reflux
Kidney tumors
Ureteral obstruction
Urachal masses or cysts
Hernias and hydroceles
Undescended testicles

Minimally invasive operations we offer:


Radical nephrectomy
Partial nephrectomy


Ureteral reimplant


Mitrofanoff catheterizable stoma creation
Malone antegrade continence enema (MACE) creation
Laparoscopic-assisted bladder augmentation
Excision of prostatic utricle


Urachal remnant excision


Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection


Hernia and hydrocele repair

Research and clinical trials for a better tomorrow

The minimally-invasive specialists at Children’s Colorado actively participate in research about conditions managed with minimally-invasive urologic surgery. We are dedicated to improving outcomes for our patients and finding new ways to improve the patient experience.

Review our latest research on minimally-invasive surgery.

Here, it’s different.™

A doctor talks to a man and woman who are facing her. The woman is holding a baby.

Why Can Treatment Options Vary?

Dr. Vemulakonda researches aspects of the patient-provider relationship and its impact on surgery decisions for infants with UPJ obstruction.

Variations in Care Research