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Peconic Bay Medical Center completes first percutaneous procedure on an umbilical hernia in the United States

Lauren Jacobsen
Manager of Public Relations
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Ph: 631-548-6827

RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center’s, President of Medical Staff and Director of General Robotic Surgery, Dr. Agostino Cervone performed the first umbilical hernia repair using percutaneous laparoscopic instrumentation in the US. This procedure provides a less invasive approach to minimally invasive surgery with microscopic incisions and normal size instrument tool tips while maintaining his standard laparoscopic technique. 

cervone_scrubs_resized.jpgThe Percuvance System, created by Teleflex Incorporated is a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery. Teleflex has advanced minimally invasive surgeries with their Percuvance product, with the name coming from the words percutaneous, meaning to pass through the skin, and advance. This new product focuses around the concept of performing surgery without inserting a trocar, leaving the patient with less trauma and an almost unnoticeable scar at the incision point.

Percuvance allows the surgeon to use an interchangeable tip on sub 3mm shaft. This unique instrumentation has allowed the patient quicker recovery and a tiny incision upon healing. Dr. Cervone’s patient Janet Bartra said “I’m only a week post op and feel great, I even exercised two days after being discharged and don’t have any pain.” She further stated, “The incision point is only about the tip of a pencil. In additional to having a successful surgery, Dr. Cervone has the best bedside manner and that’s really important.” The surgeon has the ability to grasp, cut or retract tissue as if they were using a traditional laparoscopic instrument, while creating microscopic incisions at point of entry.

Though the Percuvance technique is the next level of minimally invasive surgery, it involves no additional training for the surgeon. Dr. Cervone was able to use Percuvance just as he has with the thousands of others surgeries he’s performed. “Using Percuvance allowed me to operate with no additional training yet provided less trauma and a faster recovery time for my patient.” Dr. Cervone stated. “I would use Percuvance again as it was a smooth transition for me and the patient benefitted from the procedure as well” he further stated.


About Peconic Bay Medical Center:

Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves.  Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-art technology.  Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), in 2016.  For more information, visit

About Northwell Health (formerly Northshore-LIJ Health System) 
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer.  With 22 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the Metro New York area and beyond.  Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better.  We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute.  We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit