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Da Vinci® XI Surgical System

Changing the Surgery Experience at Opelousas General Health System

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.

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

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 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. The da Vinci’s small, precise instruments make it much easier to operate in this confined area.

Da Vinci Hysterectomy

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.

Da Vinci Hernia Repair

Prior to the use of the da Vinci XI Surgical System, surgeons made large incisions in skin and muscle so that they could directly see and work on the area of concern. Advanced robotic technology now allows surgeons to perform many procedures in the abdomen and other areas, including hernia repair, using minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery, with the da Vinci XI technology.