Lourdes Medical Associates

About Us

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Most people dislike the idea of “going under the knife,” which is why many surgical patients are increasingly opting for minimally invasive surgery. Also known as laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive techniques have advanced in recent years to include advanced robotic procedures.

Thanks to the shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times afforded through minimally invasive surgery, more and more procedures are now performed in this manner. The laparoscopic approach uses smaller incisions and much less manipulation of the tissues as compared to an “open” surgery.

We perform the following laparoscopic procedures in general surgery:

  • Appendectomy
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Spleen surgery
  • Radio-guided parathyroid surgery

The most significant recent advancement in laparoscopic surgery is robotic technology. The da Vinci S™ Robotic Surgical System provides three-dimensional imaging of the operating field and intuitive hand movement.

The system’s camera, which the surgeon can reposition, zoom and rotate directly from a nearby console, delivers a highly magnified view with bright, crisp images that help surgeons perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with precision.

While robotic arms hold the surgical instruments, the da Vinci® does not replace the surgeon. Rather, the system enhances the surgeon’s ability to perform delicate procedures through tiny surgical openings. Every maneuver is directly controlled by the surgeon, who grasps the master controls below the display and positions the surgical instruments. The system then seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand movements.

Our proficiency in minimally invasive techniques allow Lourdes surgeons to tailor every operation to our patients’ unique needs and treat higher risk patients, even those for whom surgery was not an option.

We perform the following procedures utilizing the daVinci S Surgical System:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiac surgery, including valve replacement (see Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Single-site cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • General gastrointestinal surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Lung surgery, including biopsy
  • Gynecologic surgery, including hysterectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Prostatectomy