Two surgeons at the Ochsner Cancer Institute in New Orleans recently performed procedures that marked firsts for Louisiana.
Dr. W. Charles Conway, a surgical oncologist at Ochsner Medical Center, performed the first totally robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy, or Whipple procedure. The complex operation is most commonly done for pancreatic cancer, and if performed conventionally, requires a large abdominal incision.
Dr. Rodney J. Landreneau, director of the Cancer Institute and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery for Cancer Services, recently performed a surgical debulking procedure with hyperthermic chemotherapy to treat malignant mesothelioma of the chest. Landreneau had performed the procedure many times during his 25 years at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, but the surgery was the first intervention of its kind in Louisiana.
Read more in the article from Louisiana Medical News.