The team at Carlisle Regional Medical Center is committed to providing a wide variety of leading edge surgical treatment options for our patients, including the latest breakthroughs in robotic-assisted surgical techniques. Meet the surgeons committed to smaller incisions, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.
da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Carlisle Regional Medical Center
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.
The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
For the patient, benefits may include:
- Smaller incisions – provide faster healing and little to no scarring
- Shortened hospital stay, or even outpatient surgery
- Minimal blood loss – less chance a blood transfusion will be needed during surgery
- Less post-surgical pain – minimizes the length of time or need for pain medication
- Faster healing time – you will be back to your normal routine faster
To learn more about Carlisle Regional’s da Vinci technology, please contact Carlisle Ob/Gyn (717) 218-9830, Women’s Health Specialists of Carlisle at (717) 218-8888 or Carlisle Urology at (717) 243-9021.
MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing
Carlisle Regional Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in Central Pennsylvania to offer MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing, a minimally invasive, innovative surgical option for adults living with early to midstage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, affecting only one or two components of the knee, and who prefer a less invasive surgery and more rapid recovery than total knee arthroplasty. MAKOplasty is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.
The entire procedure only requires a four to six inch incision over the knee. Tactile, intelligent robotic arm technology and three-dimensional visualization of the knee guides the surgeon in controlled resurfacing of the pre-defined area, saving as much of the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.
Using CT scan data, the surgeon follows a three dimensional computer model of the patient’s pre-surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback facilitates ideal implant positioning and placement.
It is this level of planning and surgical accuracy in treating earlier stage knee osteoarthritis that can result in a more natural feeling knee and motion.
In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.
MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty
Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a procedure known as total hip replacement that is supported by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This innovative solution was designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. RIO® enables surgeons to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement and is designed to restore patient mobility and active lifestyle.
RIO® robotic arm technology provides your surgeon a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your hip replacement. During the procedure, tactile, visual, auditory feedback, and real-time data assists your surgeon in preparing the hip joint and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.
If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant placement.
For more information, read the MAKOplasty® FAQ »
To learn more, attend a free seminar at CRMC.
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da Vinci® Surgical System
The da Vinci® Surgical System provides your surgeon with tremendous surgical accuracy utilizing high-definition 3D vision and a magnified operating view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci® System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci® cannot act on its own: The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.
Together, da Vinci® technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster — without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.
To date, the da Vinci® System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures.
For more information, read the da Vinci® FAQ »
Urological Success Story
In January 2009, 67-year-old James Knox of Carlisle began noticing changes in his nighttime urinary pattern. The retired private accountant wasn’t too concerned, but when he remembered that changes in urination can be symptomatic of prostate cancer, he decided to have a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
To James’ surprise, both the PSA test and the biopsy that followed were positive for prostate cancer. He was presented with two surgical options at Carlisle Regional Medical Center: traditional surgery or minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. Although James wasn’t familiar with the da Vinci system, he opted for the robotic-assisted procedure because it sounded like the easiest option.
In February 2009, James’ prostate was removed via five small abdominal incisions. He spent two nights at the medical center following the procedure and experienced minimal discomfort.
“I was amazed at the lack of pain,” says James. “The nurses asked me several times to rate my pain on a scale of one to 10, and I never exceeded three.”
James returned to normal activities three weeks after the procedure. He’s also visited his surgeon for follow-up care and will continue to have PSA tests to ensure the threat of cancer is gone.
“The care I received at Carlisle Regional was excellent,” James says. “I truly felt like everyone there was focused on taking care of me, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Three weeks after his da Vinci surgical procedure, James Knox was able to return his passion, photography.