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Robotic Surgery

Baton Rouge General offers robotic surgery in a host of specialties, including cardiothoracic, orthopedics, oncology, gastroenterology, gynecology and general surgery.

Robotic Procedures Performed at Baton Rouge General:

Cancer Surgeries

  • Adrenal
  • Colon
  • Esophageal
  • Pancreatic (Whipple procedure)
  • Rectal
  • Stomach

Cardiothoracic Surgeries

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Thoracic lung

Gastroenterology Surgeries

  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) repair
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • J-pouch
  • Rectal
  • Small bowel
  • Stomach
  • Ulcerative colitis

General Surgeries

  • Appendectomy
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Thyroid surgery

Gynecologic Procedures

  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pelvic pain treatment
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids

Orthopedic

  • Total and partial knee replacement

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery or robotic assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery where your surgeon uses robotic instruments to perform your surgery. Surgeons at Baton Rouge General will use one of four da Vinci surgical systems for your robotic-assisted surgery. The da Vinci Xi system represents the most advanced technology you can find in an operating room.

Advantages of robotic surgery

Smaller Incisions & Faster Recovery Time

The greatest benefit of robotic surgery is the use of smaller incisions compared to incisions made in traditional, open surgery.

With robotic surgery, only a few smaller incisions are needed. These are just big enough to move a small tube-shaped camera and the robotic instruments into the operating space.

With robotic surgery, smaller incisions mean most patients will have less pain, less blood loss and fewer inches of incision to heal. They also typically have shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time.

Greater Visibility

The small camera that slides into the incision site gives your surgeon a 3-D view of the surgery and magnifies it ten times. For many types of surgery, this view is better than a surgeon would get using a large incision during an open operation.

If you are having surgery in the abdomen, the space is expanded with a small amount of carbon dioxide gas. This creates an open area for camera’s view and for movement of the surgical instruments that are attached to robotic arms.

Greater Access

For some surgeries, it can be difficult to reach the location where a procedure needs to be done. The instruments used in robotic surgery are specially designed for use with robotic “arms” to reach everywhere they need to go. The range of motion for this equipment is greater than that of human hand. Your surgeon precisely operates these instruments using a control panel and large viewing monitor, while being assisted by other members of your surgical team.

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