WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA9) -- Children's National Medical Center is asking for help in naming their pediatric robot! You can submit a name on their website and the name with the most votes wins. The winner gets a kindle!
Typically, pediatricians try to perform minimally invasive surgical approaches. With shorter healing times, less pain and smaller scars, it's an ideal surgical approach for children.
This hospital performs robotic surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System, a minimially invasive technique. The robots allow surgeons to perform "delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions."
Various names have already been submitted: Robocare Bear, Edward Surgeonhands, Robearta, Bear E. Bot, Nanu Nanu, Dr. Chips, Robomama.
Some of the names submitted even have special meanings. "Nanu Nanu" means "Hello" on the planet Org, which was in the Mork and Mindy TV series from the 1970's. Robearta, means "bright and famous."
Some patients are already reaping the benefits of robotic surgery.
Almost a year ago, Sydney Leonard, an 11 yr old with severe kidney problems had the robotic procedure performed on her by Dr. Craig Peters, an innovator in this field of surgery.
Only three small incisions were made during Sydney's surgery, which led to her healthy recovery. Sydney started playing sports within a few weeks.
While surgery can be a difficult process for children to undergo, hopefully children will get to know the friendly bot and become more comfortable with being in a hospital.