Baton Rouge General to introduce surgery robots to public with demonstrations

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge General is bringing a robot family to the community.

Baton Rouge General’s Advanced Robotics Institute is introducing DaVinci, Mako and Monarch to the public on Friday, Nov. 19 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the atrium at the Bluebonnet campus at 8585 Picardy Ave. near the hospital’s main entrance.

“We continue to raise the bar and bring the best technology to our patients, giving them more robotic-assisted surgical options and the highest caliber physicians close to home,” Edgardo Tenreiro, chief operating officer of Baton Rouge General said. “This means better outcomes and faster recovery for those who need surgery.”

The on-site demonstrations will provide visitors with an in-depth look inside in the lungs. Visitors can help with a simulated knee replacement, and more. BRG said that robotic surgery, also known as robotic assisted surgery, is the surgeon using robotic instruments to perform surgeries. BRG said that the robots allow the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. According to BRG, the biggest benefit of robotic surgery is the use of smaller incisions compared to ones made in traditional, open surgery.

A small camera sends images to a video monitor that gives the surgeon a three-dimensional, high-definition view of the procedure. This type of surgery is minorly invasive. BRG said that smaller incisions mean most patients will have less pain, less blood loss and fewer inches of cuts to heal. Patients usually have shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times as well.

Robotic surgeries have increased by 70% over the past year. BRG said that the da Vinci robotic surgery system is used for many types of special surgeries like cardiothoracic, gastroenterology, oncology, urology and gynecology.

The Monarch robot gives surgeons the ability to detect cancer in small and hard-to-reach areas of the lungs. The Mako is an assisting robotic-arm that allows the surgeon to customize a patient’s knee replacement by creating a three-dimensional model of the knee as a guide during the operation.

Visit the Baton Rouge General’s Advanced Robotics Institute website for more information on robotic surgery.

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