LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists and Park Place Surgical Hospital joined together this morning to introduce the arrival of the new Globus Excelsius GPS Spine Surgery Robot. The new technology imports images taken the day of surgery, which allows the surgeon to determine the size and placement of implants and create a patient plan based on the patient's anatomy. This is used to guide the robotic arm to a specific region of your spine and have pinpoint accuracy in placing the implants. This is the first time, anywhere in the world, that this robot is being used outside of a few university hospitals, none of which are located in Louisiana.


"As one of the few CMS 5-star rated hospitals in Louisiana, Park Place Surgical Hospital is always looking for new innovation and how to bring new technology to South Louisiana," Park Place Surgical Hospital CEO Brandon Moore said. "Bringing robotic spine surgery to Acadiana is an investment in our patients and our community. This continues to fortify our mission of providing the highest quality care for the patients who trust us with their healthcare.”


"Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists is proud to have the only two doctors performing this revolutionary, minimally invasive robotic spine surgery in Louisiana," Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists CEO Michael Prejean said. "This new technology improves accuracy and optimizes our patient care by using robotics and navigation."


There are several benefits to choosing minimally invasive robotic spine surgery, including shorter hospital stays, less tissue damage, smaller incisions and less noticeable scarring.


"Robotic spine surgery is a game changer," Dr. Lon Baronne of Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists said. "Patients who have significant back pain, nerve pain, sciatica or numbness in their lower extremities and haven't had success with non-operative treatment, have options. We are proud to be the first surgeons in the state to use the Globus and provide world-class, revolutionary care here in Acadiana."


He and Dr. Neil Romero are the only two orthopedic spine surgeons trained to operate using the new robot in the state.


For more information about robotic spine surgery in Louisiana, visit or call 337-769-4591.