Baton Rouge General’s Advanced Robotics Institute brings operating room to the community

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– It’s no longer science fiction, surgeons often use robots to perform complicated surgeries, and Baton Rouge General gave the public a chance to get an up-close look at how these robots work. 

There were three robots on display, Mako, Monarch, and da Vinci (descriptions provided by Baton Rouge General).

Mako:

“Mako’s robotic-arm assisted technology for joint replacement offers patients less pain and a quicker recovery than traditional joint replacements. Following a CT scan of your joint, the Mako system will generate a 3D virtual model of the patient’s unique anatomy. The virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create a personalized pre-operative plan. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm while preparing the bone and positioning the implant. The Mako System allows the surgeon to adjust as needed during surgery and provides more accurate placement, reducing the risk of complications.”

Monarch:

“Using the Monarch platform physicians use a controller-like interface to navigate the flexible, robotic endoscope to hard-to-reach areas of the lung with improved vision and control. Baton Rouge General is among the first hospitals in the United States – and the first in Louisiana – to have the Monarch technology.”

da Vinci:

“The da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The tiny robotic arms allow surgeons to make the smaller incisions with greater precision, resulting in less pain and decreased blood loss for the patient. The da Vinci robots provide highly defined 3D images, so the view of the surgical site is close-up and highly magnified, providing surgeons the added benefits of technology helping to extend their capabilities.”

The doctors we spoke to say these surgical robots translate the surgeon’s movements to a smaller scale, allowing for much smaller incisions, making patient recovery time faster.

For more information on surgical robots or Baton Rouge General’s Advanced Robotics Institute, visit their website here

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