Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery for Urologic and Gynecologic ProceduresNEW ORLEANS, LA Ochsner Medical Center has been designated as the exclusive training center in the Gulf Coast for the da Vinci S Surgical System, by Intuitive Surgical, an evolutionary medical device that allows physicians to perform intricate operations through tiny incisions, improving patient recovery times with less pain.. As one of only six training sites in the world, physicians throughout the Gulf South and around the world will be trained at Ochsner, on the S-model, in the techniques of minimally invasive surgery; specifically in urology and gynecology.. Being designated a training site is an honor, and it recognizes Ochsners mission to remain on the cutting edge of medical technology and contributes to the advancement of medical training, research, and education, says Dr. Stephen Bardot, Chairman of Urology and Head of Urologic Oncology. As a training site we will be teaching physicians from around the country innovative surgical techniques. The patient care innovations we develop at Ochsner can impact the quality of patient care around the nation.. The da Vinci system offers patients with a minimally invasive treatment option in a broad range of medical conditions. Ochsners da Vinci investment began in 2005 performing laparoscopic prostatectomy, of which Ochsner is now a national leader. Weve advanced our da Vinci applications to include gynecological services such as hysterectomy and fibroid removal, coronary surgery, and various urological problems such as kidney reconstructive surgery and incontinence procedures. explains Dr. Bardot. The technology enhances a physicians surgical capabilities and precision by scaling his hand movements into micro-instruments within the operative site, explains Dr. Bardot. In the da Vinci system, a surgeon is seated at a console a few feet from the patient, operating through 1-2 cm incisions with the instruments replicating his exact movements. In addition to improved patient recovery times and less pain, the da Vinci also offers smaller incisions, less blood loss, and earlier returns to full activity.. Ochsner has 4 da Vinci surgical systems; three on its main campus in New Orleans and one at the Baton Rouge campus.