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Gynecology | Surgery | Urology

Gynecology

Scott Dinesen, DO, FACOOG

Scott Dinesen, DO, FACOOGMedical School: Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: St. Luke's Hospital

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Dr. Dinesen has performed more than 2,000 laparoscopic surgeries since 1991, many of which were advanced laparoscopic procedures. In 2007, Dr. Dinesen completed training and began performing Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomies. With the arrival of the da Vinci system, these procedures can be done even less invasively.

Throughout his surgical career, Dr. Dinesen has followed a path toward less invasive procedures with better quality outcomes for patients. The da Vinci surgical robot makes the laparoscopic hysterectomies easier to perform on a wider range of patients, due to the better view with the High Definition, 3-D visual afforded by the da Vinci, as well as improved flexibility and maneuverability.

"The da Vinci robot allows me to perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy that I would not have been able to do laparoscopically in the past," says Dr. Dinesen. He can also perform myomectomies (removal of fibroids), tubal re-anastamosis (repair of fallopian tubes), sacral colpopexies (support of the vaginal apex), and cerclage placements (prevention of 2nd trimester miscarriages).

"My goal is to improve outcomes for patients by providing less invasive procedures with less blood loss and faster recovery in a hospital known for its excellent care," says Dr. Dinesen. He adds that it is only by staying abreast of leading-edge technologies to "improve our own surgical skills and coupling them with our surgical and decision-making experience that we are able to advance medicine."

Doylestown Hospital was the site of Pennsylvania's first robotic-assisted single-incision hysterectomy on May 15, 2013. Dr. Dinesen successfully completed the procedure, requiring only one small incision -- less than one inch -- in the patient's belly button. With this technique, there is virtually no scarring, very little blood loss, and quicker recovery than open hysterectomies.

Dinesen & Associates Obgyn & Infertility
599 West State Street, Suite 301
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-489-2066

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Carolyn Ianieri, DO, FACOOG

Carolyn Ianieri, DO, FACOOGMedical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Certification:
Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Dr. Ianieri has been performing laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures at Doylestown Hospital since 2000. She is trained in a wide variety of da Vinci surgeries, including laparoscopic hysterectomy, oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery), myomectomy (removal of fibroids), ovarian cystectomy (removal of ovarian cysts) and endometriosis surgery (removal of endometrial tissue).

Dr. Ianieri views the da Vinci as offering improved optics and enhanced flexibility over traditional laparoscopic instrumentation. This affords her the option of performing a minimally invasive surgery in many situations where that previously would not have been feasible. "This system improves patient outcomes and satisfaction with shorter hospitalization, minimal blood loss, and faster recovery," said Dr. Ianieri. "I continue to be amazed at my patients' postoperative progress and return to normal activity in a much shorter period of time."

As a physician, Dr. Ianieri strongly believes that it is important to continue to advance her skills in order to provide the best care for her patients. According to Dr. Ianieri, "The daVinci surgical system has allowed me to continue to provide excellent care to my patients, while bringing new technology to Doylestown Hospital and its surrounding community."

Doylestown Women's Health Center
708 Shady Retreat Rd., Suite 7
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-340-BABY (2229)

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Tuan Le, MD

Tuan Le, MDMedical School: University of Virginia Medical School
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Dr. Le is certified in Advanced Laparoscopy and is able to perform surgeries with smaller incisions and quicker recovery times compared to traditional, open surgeries. He is trained in performing several da Vinci procedures, including hysterectomy, oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) and myomectomy (removal of fibroids).

For Dr. Le, the advanced capabilities of the da Vinci system offer appropriate patients a less invasive option with significantly less blood loss and much shorter recovery times than open surgeries. This newer technology allows Dr. Le to offer his patients more options that are better suited to their active lifestyles.

According to Dr. Le, having the da Vinci at Doylestown Hospital means "we are up to date in the use of advanced technology to better serve our community." He looks forward to further developing minimally invasive surgery at the hospital. And, Dr. Le hopes some day soon to do the first robotic hysterectomy in Vietnam, his country of origin.

Doylestown Women's Health Center
708 Shady Retreat Rd., Suite 7
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-340-BABY (2229)

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Melanie Ware, DO

Melanie Ware, DOMedical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Residency: St. Luke’s Hospital 
Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Dr. Ware is trained to perform a variety of laparoscopic procedures with the da Vinci, including hysterectomy, myomectomy (removal of fibroids), oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) and ovarian cystectomy (removal of ovarian cysts), as well as diagnostic procedures for pelvic pain and endometriosis.

The da Vinci system allows finer, more precise surgery that is far less invasive than traditional surgery, says Dr. Ware. "The technology provides a magnified three-dimensional, high definition image for the surgeon to view while performing the surgery," she adds. "The instruments bend and rotate beyond the limitations of a human hand, which allows improved precision, dexterity, and control."

Minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci offers the patient several benefits, including faster recovery time, less time spent in the hospital and minimal scarring.

For Dr. Ware, Doylestown Hospital’s adoption of the da Vinci system "demonstrates its commitment to patients and to the community to stay on the leading edge of technology." She adds, "I feel privileged as a physician to be using technology that allows increased patient satisfaction, and I am excited to be able to offer this procedure to my patients."

Dr. Ware looks forward to continuing to advance the use of this minimally invasive technology to offer increased treatment options to her patients.

Dinesen & Associates Obgyn & Infertility
599 West State Street, Suite 301
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-489-2066

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Surgery

Brian Pellini, MD

Brian Pellini, MDMedical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: Christiana Care Health Services Program
Fellowship: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Program
Certification: General Surgery

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Dr. Pellini provides a full range of surgical services including single-incision gallbladder and appendix surgery. Dr. Pellini used the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system to perform the first robotic-assisted single-incision cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) done in Bucks County in early 2014. 

“We are glad to be able to continue to offer our patients the safest, most effective treatments,” said Dr. Pellini. “With minimally invasive single-incision surgery, patients experience a fast recovery enabling them to return to their busy lives. The cosmetic benefit of having practically no visible scar on the abdomen is also something that increases patient satisfaction.”

With traditional open gallbladder surgery, one large incision approximately 4-6 inches is required to remove the gallbladder. With laparoscopy, the surgeon makes several--typically four--smaller incisions. With robot-assisted single-site surgery, the surgeon operates through one small incision placed in the navel (belly button). Dr. Pellini uses one incision about 15 to 20 millimeters (about the diameter of a quarter) to perform an appendectomy. Benefits for the patient include a low rate of major complications, minimal pain, virtually no scar and a fast recovery, and therefore return, to the activities of daily living.

Surgical Associates – VIAA
The Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital
599 W. State Street, Suite 302
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-7195

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Urology

Kevin B. Fitzgerald, MD

Kevin B. Fitzgerald, MDMedical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center

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Dr. Fitzgerald is certified to perform the full spectrum of urologic surgeries with the da Vinci system. He has performed laparoscopic surgery at Doylestown Hospital since 2001. The new system will allow his practice to build on the more than 5,000 cancer operations and more than 1,000 minimally-invasive prostatectomies he and his partners have already performed.

According to Dr. Fitzgerald, "The introduction of robotic surgery to Doylestown Hospital represents a major step forward in the minimally-invasive surgery and oncologic surgery programs."

In addition, "The da Vinci S system, which includes several new and enhanced features, represents a significant advancement in comparison with older robotic systems previously purchased by institutions in other counties," said Dr. Fitzgerald.

Central Bucks Urology
102 Progress Drive, Suite 101
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-0600

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Joseph Izes, MD

Joseph Izes, MDMedical School: Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine
Residency: Lahey Clinic Foundation
Fellowship (Urologic Oncology): Lahey Clinic Foundation

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Dr. Izes learned about the use of the da Vinci system alongside Mani Menon, MD, who started the first robotic prostate surgery program in the United States in 2001. Dr. Izes was one of the first urologists in Bucks and Montgomery counties to use the da Vinci robot for laparoscopic prostatectomy.

His fellowship training in urologic oncology and extensive laparoscopic experience facilitated a natural transition to robotic surgery. Dr. Izes continues to expand theuse of the system for other urologic cancers in addition to prostate cancer, in particular, cancer of the kidney and bladder.

"I believe this instrument makes a new level of surgery possible," said Dr. Izes. "With it, I can visualize delicate structures in the deep pelvis better, and I can do things more precisely than I could with handheld instruments."

Dr. Izes added, "I am very excited by this technology and believe it may represent a paradigm shift in surgery...this is a technology that dramatically expands human ability in the operating room."

Doylestown Urology
599 West State Street, Suite 303
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-9070

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Robert D. Mino, MD

Robert D. Mino, MDMedical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center

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Dr. Mino has been performing the da Vinci robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for more than two years. He feels the acquisition of the da Vinci system at Doylestown Hospital will allow the hospital to continue to attract the best and brightest surgeons from the top training programs. This benefits the community they serve, said Dr. Mino. "This means that world-class care is literally around the corner."

In short, said Dr. Mino, "I believe we are witnessing a revolution in surgery." "Radical prostatectomy is just the beginning of robotic surgery. Already surgeons are experimenting with removal of urinary bladders for cancer, partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer and a host of surgical procedures for acquired and congenital conditions."

Doylestown Urology
599 West State Street, Suite 303
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-9070

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Albert Ruenes, MD

Albert Ruenes, MDMedical School: Columbia University
Residency: Duke University Medical Center

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Dr. Ruenes is certified to perform the full spectrum of urologic surgeries with the da Vinci system. Dr. Ruenes performs the highly specialized perineal prostatectomies, which only about 5% of urologists perform. He sees future uses of the da Vinci system as including reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive kidney surgery.

Dr. Ruenes views the da Vinci system as a natural extension of his current skills, a new tool that "fine tunes a number of the laparoscopic movements that we perform as surgeons." The acquisition of this newest and latest technology allows Dr. Ruenes and his peers the ability to perform university-stylemedicine in a community hospital setting. "As new technologies are introduced, [Doylestown Hospital] is going to stay state of the art."

The da Vinci offers surgeons improved visualization, as well as nimble and flexible use of intrumentation. Added Dr. Ruenes, "Our goal is to use this on a weekly basis, to make this a standard part of our practice."

Central Bucks Urology
102 Progress Drive, Suite 101
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-230-0600

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