A New Tool for Laparoscopic Procedures

Agostino Cervone, MD, president of medical staff and director of general robotic surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center

Agostino Cervone, MD, president of medical staff and director of general robotic surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center, performed the first umbilical hernia repair in the United States using percutaneous laparoscopic instrumentation. The procedure was one in a series of surgeries at leading institutions in New York, Texas, Florida and California to use the newly released, second-generation 2.9 mm Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System.

Created by Teleflex Incorporated, Percuvance features a shaft 2.9 mm in diameter — almost half the size of commonly used laparoscopic devices (5 mm) in minimally invasive surgeries.

Using the device, Dr. Cervone was able to make a smaller incision — without a trocar — which helped reduce trauma and scarring while speeding up recovery.

“I’m only a week post op and feel great,” said Janet Bartra, Dr. Cervone’s patient. “I even exercised two days after being discharged and don’t have any pain.

“The incision point is only about the tip of a pencil.”

The second generation Percuvance device can be used for an array of laparoscopic procedures and includes 5 mm interchangeable tips that surgeons can quickly and securely change outside of the body. The first generation device has been used by more than 150 surgeons — including Dr. Cervone — in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa since it launched in March 2015.

“Using [the second-generation] Percuvance allowed me to operate with no additional training yet provided less trauma and a faster recovery time for my patient.” Dr. Cervone said. “I would use Percuvance again as it was a smooth transition for me and the patient benefitted from the procedure as well.”

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 PBMCHealth.org.