Minimally Invasive Procedures
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe
it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least
invasive treatments available. Though not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive
surgery, a substantial number of patients will be offered this option.

Dr. Victor Ferlise is the Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Urology for the Urologic
Health Center and is the only urologist performing robotics in Ocean County. He has
participated in or personally performed over 500 Robotic or Laparoscopic surgeries in the last
2 years with outstanding results. Prior to coming to Ocean County he was on staff at the
University of Pennsylvania where he mastered the use of the robot under the direction of
David Lee, one of the world’s experts.

Robotic Prostatectomy (da Vinci® Prostatectomy)
The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform surgeries through a series of small
incisions.This state-of-the-art technology provides outstanding visualization with 10-fold
magnification, 3-D optics as well as greatly enhanced dexterity allowing for precise removal
of the prostate. This precision translates into better cancer control, faster return of urinary
control and improved erectile function outcomes.

Additional benefits include:
  • Shorter hospital stay (usually one night)
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activity
  • Less blood loss
  • Less chance of infection
  • Decreased scarring
  • Quicker removal of urinary catheter

Minimally Invasive Urology
The Urologic Health Center is now applying Robotic and Laparoscopic technology to all aspects
of urologic care. We are currently treating Kidney Cancer, Kidney Obstruction, Bladder Cancer
and Adrenal Disease laparoscopically or robotically. This approach allows us to provide cancer
curing or corrective surgery in a minimally invasive fashion. Patients again have significantly
decreased pain, less blood loss, faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and superior outcomes.

Female Urology/Voiding Dysfunction
Dr. Howard is the Director of the Incontinence and Voiding Dysfunction Center at the Urologic
Health Center. He has been recognized nation wide as a top tier surgeon for the implementation
of Interstim (bladder nerve stimulation) for overactive bladder and minimally invasive sling
procedures for incontinence. He completed his residency under the direction of Alan J. Wein,
M.D. who is considered a world- expert in the field of Neurourology and Voiding Dysfunction.
Dr. Howard lectures extensively on the subjects of Female Stress Incontinence, the Overactive
Bladder and Male Voiding Dysfunction.

Dr. Howard’s special interests include male and Female Incontinence, Female Genital Prolapse,
complicated Stone Surgery and Laparoscopy. In addition, Dr. Howard is certified and trained to
perform minimally invasive therapies for BPH, Laparoscopy, and Microsurgery for the treatment
of male infertility.

Dr. Howard is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American
College of Surgeons.

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