Lafayette General’s Surgery Department is steeped in a tradition of advancing surgical procedures, having performed the first open heart procedure in Acadiana, the first Cesarean Section and the first craniotomy in Lafayette. Lafayette General maintains a well-respected outpatient surgery program within the hospital, in addition to our partnership with Lafayette General Surgical Hospital.
Today, we offer a full range of surgical treatments using highly advanced techniques and technologies, including the minimally invasive daVinci® Surgical Robot, the O-Arm Mobile Imaging System and Medtronic’s StealthStation® surgical navigation system, which allows surgeons to track their surgical instruments in the most precise manner.
Surgeon leaders in their fields continue to raise the bar with advanced surgical procedures including:
- The region’s first portal vein replacement to treat pancreatic cancer
- The area’s first “snorkel” procedure, replacing open surgery, treating patients with aneurysms
- Several first-in-the-state heart procedures
- The first in Acadiana neurosurgical method of accessing deep regions of the brain through an opening smaller than a dime.
Dedicated to a higher level of surgical care, the surgeons at LGMC have been nationally recognized for excellence in several surgical specialties including: Cardiovascular, Neurology, Deep Brain Stimulation, Orthopaedics, Gynecology, Bariatrics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Spinal Surgery, GI Surgery, General Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Surgical Oncology and Gynecological Surgical Oncology. The Surgery Department was one of only eight worldwide facilities invited to broadcast live and intricate interventional surgical procedures at the largest peripheral vascular conference in the U.S.
daVinci® Surgical System
The daVinci® Surgical System is a sophisticated surgical platform designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The daVinci system is offered at both Lafayette General Medical Center and Acadia General Hospital for urology and gynecology procedures—mainly prostatectomies and hysterectomies.
The daVinci System provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. This offers an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy by translating the movement of a surgeon’s hands into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body through a state-of-the-art robotic platform.
Though it is often called a “robot,” the daVinci System cannot act on its own – surgery is performed 100% by the physician. With daVinci, a surgeon can perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions and unmatched precision. As a result, patients may get back to their lives faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.
When compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, daVinci ultimately provides:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Fewer complications
- A faster return to normal activities
- And, in many cases, better clinical outcomes
The daVinci System consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system and miniaturized wristed instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the daVinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the instrument tips. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.
The daVinci System’s high-resolution 3D stereo viewer is designed to provide surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. Operating through a few small incisions, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart’s four robotic arms.
A final hallmark of the daVinci System is that it incorporates multiple redundant safety features designed to minimize risks associated with both machine and human error. By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, daVinci makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. Learn more about the new daVinci Xi system at LGMC.
The most exacting moment during surgeries of the spine, head or neck is when the neurosurgeon aligns his surgical instruments to the precise area in the patient’s anatomy where hardware or implants must be placed. Until now, they have placed screws or other hardware in those areas of the body guided by CT scans, MRI’s or x-rays taken prior to surgery. New technology has dramatically improved this process and has made the placement of the necessary hardware more efficient and precise.
Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) is one of the only health care facilities in Lafayette to offer surgeons the revolutionary Medtronic O-arm Surgical Imaging System, a mobile x-ray machine that provides surgeons with a 360-degree scan of the patient’s changing anatomy while in the operative position.
In the operating room, the O-arm forms a ring around the patient’s body. The ring can be opened and closed so the patient does not have to be moved. It rotates to take 2-D real-time moving x-rays and 3-D images of the body. The O-arm includes a navigational component, like a GPS system, that allows the surgeon to track and guide instruments through the body in real time, ensuring the placement of hardware more precisely.
The navigation system converts the 3-D image on the O-arm into a transparent image, like an x-ray. The system provides images of the anatomy, including bones and implants. It is especially advantageous in cases where large areas need to be visualized. The processing is fast, capturing the entire cervical spine in one 13-second scan. In less than 30 seconds, the O-arm can take almost 400 images, which are reconstructed on a flat-panel monitor for the patient’s surgeon to review during the procedure. These images provide immediate confirmation, before closing the patient, that the hardware or implant has been positioned in its optimal location, possibly avoiding a revision surgery. The greater accuracy afforded by the O-arm means a less invasive, faster procedure with noted quicker recovery times and improved patient outcomes.
“The addition of the O-arm Imaging System further strengthens LGMC as a leader in technology,” says LGH President/CEO David L Callecod, FACHE. “Our state-of-the-art equipment attracts top physicians and results in better outcomes for patients. LGMC will continue to be a health care leader and innovator in our community.”