Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System

The Davinci® S High Definition Surgical System


Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer patients the incredible surgical benefits of the da Vinci® S High Definition (HD) Surgical System robot, the most advanced robotic platform currently available.

  da Vinci S HD Video Overview


This revolutionary robotic-assisted technology, designed to improve the minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques widely practiced at the Medical Center for over 20 years, is being used by Peninsula Regional specialists to further expand their MIS capabilities. Urology surgeons at the Medical Center utilize the da Vinci robotic technology for laparoscopic prostate surgery, while cardiothoracic surgeons are using the robot to assist with minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery.  GYN onoclogy surgeons are also using the robot as well for cases like hysterectomies and oophorectomies, and other surgeons are investigating how it may benefit their patients as well.  "Being the first Medical Center on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer this technology further highlights Peninsula Regional's commitment to providing our surgeons the latest, cutting edge technology and our patients their best options for excellent clinical outcomes," said Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President/CEO of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The da Vinci® S HD Surgical System robot, located tableside in the operating room, allows a surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments at the surgical site. The robot features 4 fully interactive arms; one dedicated to a small, high definition scope or camera and the other three to hold high precision surgical instruments. From a console inside the operating room and near the patient, the surgeon conducts the procedure using the da Vinci system, which precisely translates his/her hand movements to the robot. The magnified, high resolution, three-dimensional view the surgeon experiences enables him/her to perform precise and complex surgery through very small surgical incisions.

The initial five Peninsula Regional surgeons to train on the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System and to implement that technology in the surgical suite were urologists Mark Edney, MD and Doyle Maull, MD and cardiothoracic surgeons Nicholas Ogburn, MD, James Todd, MD and Kurt Wehberg, MD. "The da Vinci Surgical System represents a paradigm shift in minimally invasive surgery, and specifically for my patients translates into a faster return to continence and potency and better cancer control," stated Dr. Edney.  Dr. Todd added, "because of the robotic technology used at the front end of the  surgery, we can perform the entire coronary artery bypass without separating the chest, and that translates into less blood loss and less pain."  Dr. Dwight Im and Dr. Catherine Casto are also using the da Vinci for GYN surgical procedures.

The da Vinci® S HD Surgical System robot allows surgeons greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control and superior ergonomics. Multiple clinical studies have shown that the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System robot offers patients shorter hospital stays, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss and transfusions, less scarring and faster recovery.

For more information or to contact one of our da Vinci surgeons, please call Peninsula Regional's Community Relations & Marketing Department at 410-543-7139.