Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore Now Offering Cutting Edge Robotic Surgery

Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore Now Offering Cutting Edge Robotic Surgery

SLIDELL, La. – It’s a first of its kind in Slidell. Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore is now offering state-of-the-art robotic surgery, or robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, at its campus on Medical Center Drive.

The latest in cutting edge technology, robotic surgery is designed to provide patients with minimally invasive surgical options. This technology now allows surgeons at Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore to perform complex procedures, including surgery for prostate cancer, hernias, kidney tumors, weight-loss/bariatrics and obstructed kidneys, with improved outcomes.

For most patients, when compared to conventional surgery, robotic surgery can result in significantly less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, shorter recovery periods and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

“This cutting edge technology offers a whole new level of surgical capabilities,” said Dr. Michael Pinsky, Urology, Robotic Surgery, Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore. “This revolutionary approach to minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons more precision, better sparing of healthy normal tissue and the ability to shorten the patient’s recovery time and hospital stay.”

Instead of making traditional open surgical incisions, the surgeon operates through small laparoscopic incisions. Unlike pure laparoscopic surgeries, the surgeon is not holding the instruments in his or her hands at the patient’s bedside. Instead, the surgical robot attaches to the instruments and the system translates the surgeon’s hand movements from a control panel into smooth precise movements of these instruments. The system’s endoscope (or camera) gives the surgeon a magnified, high definition, 3D view inside a patient’s body.

“The surgeon is still performing the surgery,” says Dr. Pinsky, making the important distinction that the robot isn’t performing the surgery itself. “The surgical robot is just the latest tool in a surgeon’s arsenal to enhance and perfect surgical techniques of necessary procedures for our patients and provides greater range of motion, more flexibility and better control during the operation.”

Surgeons include:

  • Michael Pinsky, MD, Urology
  • Gary Wolf, MD, General Surgery
  • Josh Parks, MD, General Surgery
  • Richard Leblanc, MD, General Surgery
  • Ace Gridley, MD, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

Already a leader in robotic surgery in the Gulf South Region, Ochsner Medical Center is pleased to add Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore in Slidell to its growing list of sites within the Ochsner Health System that offers robotic surgery. To learn more about Ochsner’s robotic surgery program, visit ochsner.org/services/robotic-surgery.


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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