Robotic Assisted Surgery

We specialize in the most advanced surgical techniques including robotic-assisted procedures performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System. The da Vinci® is a sophisticated robotic system that provides our surgeons with alternatives to open surgery and traditional laparoscopy and enables them to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions.

Dr. Roger Kim, Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, is specially trained and credentialed in da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery.

There are a wide range of conditions affecting abdominal organs and tissues that our surgeons treat using da Vinci® surgery.  At LSU Health, we treat:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Achalasia (swallowing disorder)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

State-of-the-art da Vinci® surgery provides our surgeons with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control, while offering patients many potential benefits as compared to traditional surgery, such as:

  • Excellent outcomes for cancer control
  • Quick return in bowel function
  • Fast return to oral nutrition
  • Low blood loss
  • Minimal surgical trauma
  • Low risk of complications
  • Short hospital stay
  • Fast recovery

During robotic assisted-surgery, surgeons operate from a console that directly controls the da Vinci®system and its four robotic arms.

Fast Facts: da Vinci® Surgery

  • The da Vinci® Surgical System was introduced in 1999 by Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • In 2000, the da Vinci® became the first robotic surgical platform commercially available in the United States to be cleared by the FDA for use in general laparoscopic surgery.
  • Today, there are 2,132 da Vinci® systems installed in 1,718 hospitals worldwide.
  • da Vinci® has been used successfully worldwide on hundreds of thousands of patients to date.
  • da Vinci® procedures are now routinely performed for a wide range of conditions in specialties including cardiac, thoracic, urologic, gynecologic, pediatric, general and transoral surgery.
  • Based on the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals 2009" ranking, 100% of the top ranked hospitals in the United States own at least one da Vinci® and 100% of the top ranked cancer hospitals own at least one da Vinci® system.