Hospital Procedures

In addition to our convenient in-office treatment, there are certain procedures which can only be performed in a hospital. Our physicians have full staff privileges at Vidant Medical Center.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery – If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less-invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Prostatectomy (dVP) performed with the da Vinci Surgical System. This state-of-the-art surgical approach represents the fastest growing treatment for prostate cancer today.

da Vinci Prostatectomy incorporates a surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure.

For most patients, dVP offers substantially less pain and a much shorter recovery than traditional prostate surgery. As a minimally invasive procedure, da Vinci Prostatectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over open prostatectomy. For more information, please log on to da Vinci Robotic Surgery.

Lithotripsy – Lithotripsy is a method of breaking up a kidney stone while it is still in your body. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not require incisions. During lithotripsy, x-ray images carefully direct focused shock waves to the stone. Once the shock waves reach the stone, they release their energy, causing the stone to crumble into sand-like particles. These particles then can be passed through the urinary tract with the normal flow of urine.

InterStim Therapy – The Medtronic InterStim Therapy System for Urinary Control is indicated for the treatment of urinary retention and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence and symptoms of urgency/frequency, in patients who have failed more conservative treatments.

The InterStim System consists of components that are implanted in your body, with hand-held devices that let you and your doctor control the internal system after it has been implanted. The components that are implanted are:

  • a neurostimulator (much like a pacemaker) that sends mild electrical impulses through the lead
  • a lead, or thin wire, that carries the impulses to stimulate a selected sacral nerve in the lower back. The lead is attached to an extension (another thin wire that connects the lead to the neurostimulator).