Surgical Services

Surgery is performed at all Willis-Knighton hospitals. Services range from complex surgeries to simple outpatient procedures. When surgery is required, patients have the comfort of knowing that their procedures can be performed in a full-service hospital with easy access to a wide range of support services should they be needed.

A broad range of common surgeries – orthopedic, gynecologic, cardiac, neurosurgical, ophthalmic (eye) and ear, nose and throat surgeries – are available throughout the health system. Transplant surgeries are performed at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, home to the WK/LSUHSC Regional Transplant Center.

Willis-Knighton has a long tradition of innovation and has been home to the Willis-Knighton Institute for Laparoscopic Surgery, where surgeons affiliated with Willis-Knighton train resident surgeons in advanced methods of laparoscopic surgery.

The health system offers the most technologically-advanced robotic surgery system, the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally- invasive approach. The da Vinci System consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-sidecart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D HD vision system and proprietary EndoWrist ® instruments.

Does the da Vinci replace the surgeon?
Absolutely not. The da Vinci requires a skilled surgeon and becomes a “superhuman assistant,” giving your doctor significant technological advantages. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.

The da Vinci System’s ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately raises the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits.

What are the advantages of surgery using the da Vinci system?
For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities. Clinical studies also suggest that the da Vinci System may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow - for example, better cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and incontinence with da Vinci prostatectomy.

What are some of the surgeries that can be performed with the da Vinci system?
Surgeries that can be performed with the da Vinci system include prostatectomy, mitral valve, hysterectomy, myomectomy, sacralcolpopexy, kidney surgery, cystectomy and gastric bypass.

How can I locate a surgeon who offers surgery with the da Vinci system?
Call Health+Match at 318-212-9562 or click on Find a Physician on this Web site. Under “Interests” click the “da Vinci surgical system robotic-assisted surgery” and the names of physicians offering this service will be identified.