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Dr. Pablo Gomez Performs First Pediatric Robotic Surgery in Latin America

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Leading a team from Florida Hospital, Dr. Pablo Gomez III, specialist at Florida Center for Pediatric Urology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Urology Robotic Program at Florida Hospital for Children, recently performed the first pediatric robotic surgery in Latin America. Dr. Gomez, a third generation physician from Colombia who completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School, performed the procedure on a child with a congenital defect at Clinica Marly in Bogota.

The patient was a two-year old child with Dawn syndrome and chronic urinary retention. The laparoscopic procedure allowed Dr. Gomez to operate at a distance, using the robotic arms of the daVinci system, while aided by a cameras displaying an image of the operation on a monitor. The surgery lasted four hours and was a complete success. In addition to the surgery, Dr. Gomez and leaders from Florida Hospital visited with key Colombian health officials to discuss potential shared opportunities in advancing health care in the region.

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