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Ochsner Lafayette General's Surgery Department is steeped in a tradition of advancing surgical procedures, having performed the first open heart procedure in Acadiana, the first Cesarean Section and the first craniotomy in Lafayette. Ochsner Lafayette General maintains a well-respected outpatient surgery program within the hospital, in addition to our partnership with Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital and Oil Center Surgical Plaza.

As a Level II Trauma Center, Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center handles the highest level of trauma in the Acadiana region. What this means is that Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center provides 24/7 surgical coverage for our patients, along with being staffed with certified Traumatologists. 

Advanced Surgical Techniques & Technology

Today, we offer a full range of surgical treatments using highly advanced techniques and technologies, including the minimally invasive daVinci® Surgical Robot, the O-Arm Mobile Imaging SystemMako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (MAKOplasty®) and Medtronic’s StealthStation® surgical navigation system, which allows surgeons to track their surgical instruments in the most precise manner.


Surgeon leaders in their fields continue to raise the bar with advanced surgical procedures including: 

  • The region’s first portal vein replacement to treat pancreatic cancer
  • The area’s first “snorkel” procedure, replacing open surgery, treating patients with aneurysms
  • Several first-in-the-state heart procedures
  • The first in Acadiana neurosurgical method of accessing deep regions of the brain through an opening smaller than a dime.

Dedicated to a higher level of surgical care, the surgeons at Ochsner Lafayette General have been nationally recognized for excellence in several surgical specialties including: Cardiovascular, Neurology, Deep Brain Stimulation, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Bariatrics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Spinal Surgery, GI Surgery, General Surgery, Urology, Ophthalmology, Surgical Oncology and Gynecological Surgical Oncology. The Surgery Department was one of only eight worldwide facilities invited to broadcast live and intricate interventional surgical procedures at the largest peripheral vascular conference in the U.S.