CHRISTUS St. Patrick announces the da Vinci Si

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has introduced the da Vinci® Si Surgical System to its operating room and to the Southwest Louisiana Community.

The da Vinci® Si has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits. Here are a few features of the da Vinci® Si:

  • Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification
  • New optional dual console allows second surgeon to provide assistance
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
  • New ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort

Together, these technological advancements provide surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.

"We believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si System will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery," says Farjaad Siddiq, M.D., Director of Robotic Surgery at St. Patrick Hospital.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has been performing da Vinci robotic assisted surgical procedures since 2006.  Dr. Siddiq says he is excited to enter the next phase of robotic surgery at St. Patrick. "Our surgical team has a great deal of experience, having performed hundreds of robot assisted procedures in the past several years.  Our upgrade to the da Vinci Si shows our commitment to bringing the very latest in technology and quality care to the patients in Southwest Louisiana," Dr. Siddiq adds.

da Vinci's advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. This acquisition compliments St. Patrick's goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy and kidney surgery.

The CHRISTUS St. Patrick robotic surgery physician team consists of Urologist, Farjaad Siddiq, M.D. and Gynecologists, Johnny Biddle, M.D., James Brown, M.D. and Lee J. Monlezun, M.D.

For more information about our hospital or the da Vinci Si System, call (337)491-7577 or visit