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Pediatric Urology Patient Stories


Five-Year-Old Boy Becomes First in World to Undergo Minimally Invasive Procedure
Graham Ahmad was born with Prune Belly Syndrome, a rare condition marked by urinary tract abnormalities, undescended testicles and other complications. Recurring urinary tract infections and scarring in his kidneys meant he needed surgery. But instead of performing the surgery via a long incision, Graham's surgeon, Mohan S. Gundeti, MD, did the surgery through small incisions, using a robotic approach.

Kyle Loess and family, Mohan Gundeti

University of Chicago Physician Spares Children Post-Surgical Pain and Complications with Robotic Approach to Common Problem
Kyle Loess, age 5, was born with swelling in the urine-collecting structures of his kidneys, known as hydronephrosis, as well as vesicoureteral reflux and ureterocele, a bulbous dilation of the lower end of the ureter. Robotic surgery to correct his condition spared Kyle from more invasive, open surgery.

Justin Ham

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Repairs Complex Kidney Condition in Teen
When Justin Ham was diagnosed with a complex case of ureteropelvic junction obstruction and horseshoe kidney, his parents searched for a surgeon who was skilled in minimally invasive urologic surgery. Their search brought them to Mohan S. Gundeti, MD, professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology and director of pediatric urology. Dr. Gundeti successfully treated Justin's conditions using a robot-assisted approach, which resulted in a faster recovery and minimal scarring.


Robotic Surgery Helps Girl With Neurogenic Bladder
Soon after Aaliyah Dellar was born, her bladder stopped growing. She was diagnosed with neurogenic bladder, a condition that caused an uncomfortable feeling that she always had to urinate. Aaliyah needed surgery to treat the embarrassing condition that was interfering with her life. Rather than operate through a long, 6-inch incision, Mohan S. Gundeti, MD, treated the problem with robotic surgery, an advanced surgical method that left only tiny scars.

Cate Roche with Dr. Gundeti

Baby Celebrates First Birthday After Bladder Exstrophy Surgery
Approximately five months into her pregnancy, Stephanie Roche and her husband visited their obstetrician for a routine ultrasound. During the visit, the technician was unable to locate the baby's bladder. The Roches were referred to Mohan S. Gundeti, MD, who confirmed that their child, Cate, had a rare congenital anomaly called bladder exstrophy. As soon as Cate was born, a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Gundeti performed surgery. Now a healthy one year old, the Roches attribute Cate's lively personality to the care she received at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

Robotic Surgery Marks Chicago Breakthrough for Pediatric Patients
On Jan. 7, 2008, ten-year-old Jaime Bazan returned to school and sports activities -- a monumental feat considering that only 11 days earlier, he became the first Chicago pediatric patient to undergo robot-assisted urologic surgery.


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