Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an academic program with an ACGME approved obstetrics and gynecology residency that includes a total of 20 residents or 5 residents per academic year. The Division of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery established an AAGL approved Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship in 2010.
The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 500 bed academic medical center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The hospital has 29 operating rooms with 8 laparoscopic suites. There is a daVinci Surgical Robotic System utilized by Gynecology, Urology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. The medical campus also includes the Hershey Outpatient Surgical Center (HOSC). Recently, the hospital opened the Penn State Medical Simulation Center. The Center combines the services of Anesthesia, Surgery and Nursing into a single state of the art simulation center with extensive surgical virtual reality simulators.
The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship is a one year surgical fellowship structured to ensure adequate time in all aspects of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, and female pelvic surgery. Our program has extensive outpatient experience including surgical center practice and procedures as well as office hysteroscopy and cystometrics. There is also scheduled protected research time. The Division of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery has OR block time 5 days per week-- Monday through Thursday in the main hospital OR and a full day block time on Friday in the outpatient surgical center.
The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Service is a high volume, consultative service with a surgical focus on laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy and endometriosis surgery. We have specializations in daVinci Robotic Surgery. Our Urogynecology Service covers a full range of consultative services including in-office complex cystometrics, as well as high volume and complex surgical procedures. We participate in teaching OB/Gyn residents as well as Urology residents learning female urologic and incontinence procedures. Our Service performs a large number of mesh-based procedures, traditional gynecologic pelvic support surgeries, vaginal hysterectomy and advanced laparoscopy.
We also operate weekly at the Hershey Outpatient Surgical Center (HOSC) performing a variety of minor surgical procedures to include diagnostic and operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and related procedures, as well as urogynecologic procedures such as sub urethral sling procedures.
Included on our staff is Dr. Stephanie Estes, a reproductive endocrinologist and Director of Robotic Surgery. She utilizes the daVinci surgical platform for her advanced laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic myomectomy, tubal anastomosis and hysterectomy. Dr. Estes also performs office hysteroscopy and sono hysterography.