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Changing the Experience of Surgery at Opelousas General Health System

Opelousas General Health System is committed to providing comprehensive, quality healthcare services which improve and sustain the health status of residents of St. Landry parish and it's surrounding communities. OGHS assures accessible, compassionate healthcare services that honor the dignity of every person. Our goal is to continue to be a leader in defining the community's healthcare.

Opelousas General Health System has recently upgraded the da Vinci® Surgical System from the S version to the Xi which is designed to further advance the technology used in minimally invasive surgical procedures.  The da Vinci® allows surgeons to perform these procedures through a very small incision roughly the size of a dime with unmatched precision. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patients.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

da Vinci Hysterectomy

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.
For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

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.  Only your physician can determine if you are a candidate for this type of procedure. 

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com.

The following physicians are credentialled on the da Vinci Surgical System:
Dr. Eric Amy, General Surgeon  https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/FindADoc/Doctors/eric_p_amy_md.aspx
Dr. Thomas Jarnagin, OB/GYN  https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/FindADoc/Doctors/thomas_r_jarnagin_md.aspx
Dr. Andre' Pinac, OB/GYN  https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/FindADoc/Doctors/andre_l_pinac_md.aspx
Dr. M. Andrew Sicard, General Surgeon  https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/FindADoc/Doctors/m_andrew_sicard_md.aspx
Dr. John Vallee, Urologist  https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/FindADoc/Doctors/john_vallee_md.aspx