Peninsula Regional Medical Center was the first hospital to bring minimally invasive surgical techniques to Delmarva Peninsula. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) provides significant benefits to patients in reducing incision related pain, early return to normal activity after the surgery, and decreased hospital length of stay following the surgery. Furthermore, ample scientific data have shown reduced surgical complications following MIS compared to the traditional open surgery. Many of MIS performed today are performed first at our hospital within Delmarva Peninsula.

MIS often requires placing multiple small incisions and using a high definition camera to discern anatomy and perform surgery using the most advanced equipment.

Minimally invasive can be performed either using a laparoscope or daVinci robot.

Laparoscopic surgery has been the forefront of MIS and has continued to be an integral part of MIS since 1990s when the first gallbladder surgery was performed at Peninsula Regional Medical Center using laparoscopy. Since then, multiple specialties in our hospital have embraced laparoscopy as a platform to perform MIS. More than one thousand laparoscopic procedures are performed annually in our hospital.

Latest MIS technique involves use of daVinci High Definition Surgical Robot.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to bring daVanci Robot for the benefit of patients. Since its inception in 2007, more than 1000 robotic surgical procedures have been performed across several surgical specialties.

This revolutionary robotic-assisted technology, designed to improve the minimally invasive surgical techniques widely practiced at the Medical Center for more than 25 years, is being used by Peninsula Regional Medical Center specialists to further expand their MIS capabilities.

The daVinci® HD Surgical Robot, located tableside in the operating room, allows a surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of microinstruments at the surgical site. From a console inside the operating room and near the patient, the surgeon conducts the procedure using the daVinci 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.

Minimal invasive surgeries are currently performed by several surgical specialties in our hospital.

Urological surgeons utilize the MIS to remove prostate and kidney, while cardiothoracic surgeons use the daVinci robot to perform lung resection to treat cancer.  Gynecologists use MIS to perform hysterectomies and oophorectomies.

General surgeons have been performing MIS using both laparoscopy and daVnci robot. Many of surgeries involving colon, stomach and pancreas are performed using MIS. In recent days, many of complex hernia repairs are now performed using daVinci robot.

Performing surgery via minimally invasive approach requires significant financial and personnel resources and Peninsula Regional Medical Center is committed to providing these valuable resources for the benefit of the patients.

Examples of surgeries currently being performed using MIS:

Thoracic surgery
Lung resection with lymph node dissection
Nephrectomy partial, total
Ureteral reconstruction