BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Surgeons from Louisiana and Mississippi gathered at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to learn about and observe robotic surgery.
The symposium, which is the first of its kind, used video streaming technology to educate the surgeons. The surgeons were also able to interact with the operating room while watching the surgeries on screen.
"What we're trying to show other surgeons around the country and around our state what we think the benefit of robotic surgery is," says General Surgeon, Dr. J.J. Tabor. "The benefits are vast but some of the main benefits are efficiency, the visualization, less post-op complications and just an overall patient benefit."
The robotic surgery will enable surgeons to conduct traditional open procedures like smaller incisions with less trauma to the body, shorter hospital stays and less pain.
Robotic surgery allows surgeons to be in complete control of the robot and operate it from a console inside of the operating room. The robot then translates the hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside of the patient's body.
The robot will also provide surgeons with a magnified view inside of the patient.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center already has three surgical robots and has performed more than 2000 procedures using them since 2010.