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Our Lady of Lourdes Celebrates Robotic First in Cardiac Surgery

On November 14, 2017, Dr. Azeem Khan, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, performed Lourdes’ first robotic assisted coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). A robotic-assisted CABG, is a less invasive procedure to correct problems with the heart’s arteries without fully opening the chest cavity.

On November 14, 2017, Dr. Azeem Khan, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, performed Lourdes’ first robotic assisted coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). A robotic-assisted CABG, is a less invasive procedure to correct problems with the heart’s arteries without fully opening the chest cavity.

Patients with this procedure experience smaller incisions for fasting healing and minimal scarring and shorter hospital stays and recovery, returning them to daily activities sooner. 

The Lourdes surgical program currently has 16 robotic certified surgeons on staff in a number of specialties including general surgery, surgical oncology, urology, bariatric medicine, colo-rectal surgery, gynecology, head/neck surgery and now cardiac surgery. Lourdes was the first hospital in Acadiana to combine the Trumpf 7000dV advanced operating table with the daVinci Xi robot. The hospital has performed over 1,000 cases since the inception of the robotic program in October 2010. Expansion continues with investment in cutting-edge technologies and new surgeons with additional expertise to offer more Lourdes’ first of its kind surgeries like robotic-assisted CABG to everyday operations like hernias or colon resections. 

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