While all surgeries carry risk, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its specific drawbacks – pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. Small incisions are used to insert long-shafted instruments. Laparoscopic surgery is effective for many routine procedures, but has limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex. The surgeons at Southern Surgical Specialists are among the leaders of robotic surgery in Louisiana. Specializing in the da Vinci robot our surgeons are qualified robotic instructors who teach other surgeons how use the da Vinci robot for minimally invasive procedures.
Thanks to technological advances, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that allows them to offer patients the best of both approaches – da Vinci Surgery.
Our surgeons perform a wide variety of surgical procedures through the use of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, our surgeons now perform complex surgical procedures through 1-2 cm incisions, and with greater precision and control than ever before. In fact, robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site.
Robotic surgery offers patients many advantages over traditional surgery. For most patients, potential benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of wound infections
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Better outcomes
Here is a list of procedures we perform with the da Vinci Surgical System: