Peconic Bay Medical Center Performs First Robotic Single Site Gallbladder
Surgery in Eastern Suffolk County


Peconic Bay Medical Center and the PBMC Health continuum, quickly
growing its robotic surgery program, is the only hospital in eastern Suffolk County on
Long Island offering robotic surgery and providing single-incision gallbladder removal.
Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is one of the most widely performed surgeries in
the U.S. with approximately 1.2 million patients undergoing the procedure each year.


Nearly 250 robotic procedures have been performed at Peconic Bay Medical Center
since robotic surgery began at the hospital in 2010, and with the continued expansion in
specialty areas, the hospital recently acquired the newest robotic platform available—the
da Vinci® Si Surgical System.


Robotic Surgeon, Agostino Cervone, MD, FACS, is performing Single-Site™
cholecystectomies using the da Vinci® Si Surgical System at Peconic Bay Medical
Center. In addition to cholecystectomies, other robotic general surgery procedures
performed at PBMC include colon, ventral hernia and hiatal hernia surgery. Minimally
Invasive surgery, using Single-Site robotic instrumentation, requires a single small
incision at the belly button offering less pain, blood loss and scarring as well as a
shortened recovery procedures is exploding," says Dr. Cervone. "The ability to perform
these procedures through a single site at the umbilicus advances an already evolving
field of robotic surgery. What was initially limited to urology and gynecology, the use of
robotic surgery has expanded into many surgical specialties."


During a robotic assisted cholecystectomy, the surgeon sits at a console viewing three
dimensional, high-definition images of the surgical field while using controls below the
display to guide robotics arms with attached surgical instruments. The system translates
the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of
surgical instruments inside the patient. This new procedure enables the surgeon to guide
the flexible instruments through a single umbilical incision (less than an inch in length),
to facilitate removal of the gallbladder. This is in contrast from the traditional
laparoscopic procedure that requires four incisions.


"To have been the first community hospital in Suffolk County on Long Island to acquire
the robot, and to now offer this technically advanced surgery, demonstrates PBMC
Health's leadership and commitment to providing patients with the latest, minimally
invasive surgical options," remarked Richard Kubiak, MD, Peconic Bay Medical Center's
Chief Medical Officer.


Surgeons at Peconic Bay Medical Center currently utilize advanced minimally invasive
surgical techniques such as the robotic surgical approach for the treatment of
gynecologic and colorectal disorders, bladder and pelvic health issues, and urology.
To learn more about Peconic Bay Medical Center's robotic surgery and other minimally
invasive services, visit www.pbmchealth.org or call (631) 548-6000.


Pictured: da Vinci Robotics and General Surgeon, Agostino Cervone, MD.

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