News | Published November 7, 2012

Family Medicine Seminar Series to feature da Vinci® Surgical System

Robotic surgery, specifically the da Vinci Surgical System, will be the topic of the Family Medicine Seminar Series (FMSS) on Nov. 15 at 6:30 pm at Mount Nittany Medical Center's Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium located at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College.

J. Frederick Doucette, MD, FACOG, ob/gyn, Mount Nittany Physician Group, and Howard Miller, MD, urology, Mount Nittany Physician Group, will speak about their experiences working with the da Vinci system at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

With the acquisition of the da Vinci last year, Mount Nittany Medical Center is the only hospital to have the system within an 80-mile radius. More patients in the region have access to minimally invasive surgery in urology and gynecology without traveling long distances.

The innovative robotic techniques used in minimally invasive surgeries results in many potential patient benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less scarring

"The da Vinci system enables 3-dimensional visualization inside the body and greater precision in a small confined space, while making it easier to operate using small incisions," says Dr. Miller.

Da Vinci allows the surgeons' hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the instruments inside the patient's body. It even removes hand tremors.

In collaboration with the Penn State College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, FMSS is open to the public and also serves the purpose of providing continuing education for healthcare providers. The Medical Center designates the activity for a maximum of five AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Healthcare providers may register for the buffet dinner at 6:00 pm and then attend the lecture at 6:30 pm.

For more information or to register, contact or call 814.234.6738.