Urological Procedures

The state of the art da Vinci Surgical System is available at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Andrew Dussinger, MD, and Virgilio Centenera, MD, both of Carlisle Urology, use the robotic surgical platform to treat prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and urinary incontinence in a minimally invasive way. Procedures include prostatectomy, nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, and abdominal sacrocolpopexy. Dr. Dussinger completed training at Indiana University in 2006, where the da Vinci Surgical System is used extensively for the treatment of cancer and incontinence.

The da Vinci surgical platform has been used nationally for more than ten years. In that time, the robotically performed prostatectomy has replaced the standard open prostatectomy as the number one surgical technique used to treat prostate cancer.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The use of two internal optical systems allows for this three dimensional image and significantly improves the surgeon’s ability to see during the operation. The surgeon's fingers fit into master controls at the console and finger - hand and wrist movements are seamlessly translated into precise, real-time movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient.

The state-of-the-art optical system and patented robotic technology has allowed surgeons to perform complex operations in a minimally invasive way. The increased clinical capability with robotic surgery explains its expanding use in many types of surgery.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes: for example, patients who have a robotic prostatectomy often experience reduced blood loss and risk of blood transfusions, decreased postoperative pain, shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to work and normal activity.

To learn more about the Carlisle Robotic Surgery Program, please contact Carlisle Urology at (717) 243-9021.