Minimally invasive procedures are generally less risky and less painful for children than open surgery.
Children tend to have less discomfort after the procedures, which can shorten hospital stays and require less nursing care. Recovery time is also likely to be shorter.
Since most minimally invasive procedures require only very small incisions, no stitches are needed, and there is usually less scarring. Minimally invasive procedures normally cost less, as well. Many techniques applied to adults can generally be performed in children, though the indications may differ.
Even when a minimally invasive intervention seems to be the better choice, clinicians must remember that children are more sensitive to radiation. The Image Gently Alliance encourages clinicians to use caution with dose and adapt diagnostic imaging protocols when working with children. Visit the Image Gently website¹.
Children are different than adults, so imaging solutions must be adapted to get high-quality diagnosis and procedure guidance while managing radiation dose. GE Healthcare’s solution address three key challenges of pediatric interventional cardiology:
- Image Quality and Dose
- Congenital Anatomy
- Pediatric Hemodynamics