daVinci Surgery

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 urologic and gynecologic 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. 

Surgeons who perform da Vinci procedures at LGMC include:
  • Daniel Bourque, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 234-3344
  • Thad Bourque, M.D., Urologist; (337) 988-1803
  • Jason Breaux, M.D., General Surgery; (337) 237-5774
  • Damon Cudihy, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 261-5433
  • Chris Fontenot, M.D., Urologist; (337) 232-4555
  • Thomas Forest, M.D., Urologist, subspecialty certification in pediatric urology; (337) 406-8009
  • Nicole Harper, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 234-3344
  • Rose Kennedy, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 233-7524
  • Charles Padgett, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 233-7524
  • Jennifer Pugliese, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist; (337) 234-3344
  • William 'Brad' Roth, M.D., Urologist; (337) 289-9155
  • William J. Roy, Jr., M.D., Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery; (337) 289-8400
  • Samuel Shuffler, M.D., Urologist; (337) 289-9155
  • Jeremy Speeg, M.D., Urologist; (337) 233-6665