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Surgical Oncology

Our highly skilled surgeons harness the most advanced robotic technology to create better outcomes for our cancer patients. They perform robotic-assisted procedures for pancreatic, esophageal, stomach and colorectal cancers.

For many patients, robotic-assisted surgery offers benefits to conventional open surgery:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less pain
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Minimized scarring

Pancreatic Cancer

Baton Rouge General is the only hospital in Louisiana, and one of very few in the country, to perform the most advanced treatment for pancreatic cancer called the robotic Whipple procedure.

A much simpler name for a pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure is a complex operation to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine, the gallbladder and the bile duct. The often life-saving procedure is used to treat pancreatic cancer that’s confined to the head of the pancreas.

After performing the Whipple procedure, the surgeon reconnects the remaining organs to allow you to digest food normally after surgery. Doing the Whipple procedure robotically means the surgeon can get into tight spaces with the most minimally invasive approach.

Esophageal and Stomach Cancer

The Advanced Robotics Institute can surgically treat any disease of the “foregut,” which is the esophagus and stomach. We specialize in esophagectomies, the surgery to remove all or part of the esophagus. They are most often performed in patients with esophageal cancer, which is more common among men than women. In the past, esophagectomies meant a hard recovery for patients, with at least a 10-day stay in the hospital. The advancement of robotics has drastically improved this surgery and the outcomes for patients.

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is not as common but because stomach cancer symptoms can be mistaken for less serious problems like indigestion or heartburn, it’s often not diagnosed until an advanced stage. Surgery for stomach cancer can be challenging, and the advance of robotic-assisted surgery has improved outcomes.

Become a Patient

Call (225) 333-3800 to schedule an appointment at the Advanced Robotics Institute.