Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci robotic surgical system is the latest evolution in surgical technology offering surgeons greater control and precision than ever before. This state-of-the-art robotic technology provides enhanced, high definition, three-dimensional visualization inside of the body and allows Dr. Leithead to make smaller, more precise movements with very small instruments.


Weight Loss Procedures Performed with the da Vinci Robot

Gastric Sleeve

For over 16 years, the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana have been helping patients achieve excellent weight loss. Da Vinci allows surgeons to minimize the pain and risk associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.1

Da Vinci Robotic surgery is the latest, state-of-the-art technology which allows our surgeons to provide optimal outcomes by providing the best 3D visualization and specialized wristed instruments leading to increased precision and control.

General Surgical Procedures Performed with the da Vinci Robot


For patients suffering with gallbladder pain and attacks from gallstone disease we offer virtually scar-less robotic assisted surgery. Oftentimes the procedure can be performed with just a small, single incision that is hidden in the umbilicus (belly button). The da Vinci allows more control with a camera that provides excellent imaging and tiny specialized tools allowing for precise removal of the gallbladder.

There are numerous advantages for using the da Vinci robotic surgical system including less pain, much faster recovery, and the patient can go home the same day of surgery.


Dr. Leithead uses advanced robotic surgery to treat and repair hernias. (Inguinal, umbilical and hiatal). Robotic laparoscopic hernia repair requires just 3-5 tiny incisions that provide him the opportunity to use special surgical tools inside the body allowing for precision repair.

This type of surgery gives the patient reduced pain, faster healing time, and less time in the hospital. Patients are able to return to normal activities much quicker.

Dr. Leithead

Although robotic surgery is one of the latest surgical advancements, Dr. Leithead has an abundance of surgical experience in this field. Throughout extensive additional training, he has gained excellence in a variety of robotic surgical skills. His interests include robotic bariatric, general, and colorectal surgery. This exceptional technology allows him to provide patients with the most optimal outcomes.


1. Garth Jacobsen, Robert Berger, and Santiago Horgan. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Techniques. July 2004, 13(4): 279-283. Doi:10.1089/109264203322333610.

Payment Information


Insurance approval for bariatric surgery can be a difficult maze to maneuver. Our practice has 7 Patient Advocates who focus on obtaining insurance approval for patients. They will verify your insurance and walk you through any required prerequisites prior to surgery. When you call our office you will be introduced to your Patient Advocate who will work with you until the time you are scheduled for surgery.

If your insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, your Patient Advocate will discuss our cash pay prices and financing options.

Dr. Leithead accepts all insurances, including Medicare.

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