Laparoscopic Surgery

Inquire about having your laparoscopic procedure through a single incision at the belly button. Allows for less postoperative pain and better cosmetic results.

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Hernia Surgery

If you are diagnosed with a hernia, the goal is to restore your lifestyle to how you want it to be. Most can be repaired laparoscopically with faster recovery.

Breast Surgery

Whether it is for a palpable lump or abnormal radiological study, Dr. Cervone can help provide guidance, reassurance and the best possible options for treatment.

Laparoscopic Surgery: Single Incision

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

If your laparoscopic surgery involves a colon resection, appendectomy or gallbladder removal, inquire about performing these procedures through a small incision at the belly button. This procedure allows for less postoperative pain and better cosmetic results.

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New Virtually ‘Scarless’ Surgical Technique Introduced By Peconic Bay Medical Center

Agostino Cervone, MD, FACS Performs New Single - Site (LESS) Surgery Procedure

RIVERHEAD, NY (MAY 2010) - Stretching the boundaries of laparoscopic surgery, Peconic Bay Medical Center is proud to introduce an advanced technology platform that now allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive single-site surgery through the umbilicus (bellybutton), which has the potential to increase the benefits that traditional laparoscopic surgery has over open surgery, such as less abdominal trauma, less post-operative pain, less scarring, and improved recovery time for patients. This platform combines the use of existing laparoscopic techniques as well as evolving instrumentation but instead of multiple small incisions, the procedure is performed through a single incision within the bellybutton.

Here is how it works. An abdominal access port is placed into the bellybutton through a single incision allowing single-port access for up to four surgical and imaging instruments. With the use of evolving instrumentation, the typical dissection and identification of anatomical landmarks similar to traditional laparoscopic surgery is used. After the procedure, the port is removed allowing the natural contours of the bellybutton to help hide the surgical incision.

Agostino Cervone, MD, FACS has performed close to 50 single site laparoscopic surgery procedures. These include cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal), colectomies (removal of a portion of the colon) and hernia repair. According to Dr. Cervone, "based solely on my personal experience, I think that patients are very satisfied with the cosmetic result of virtually no scar. It is also noticed that after the initial few days postoperatively, incisional pain as well as return to normal activity is less. I feel that as the instrumentation technology advances, the learning curve for surgeons will improve and the procedure of single site laparoscopic surgery will become more commonplace. Surgery is an evolving practice, as laparoscopic surgery was to open surgery in the 1980’s, innovative techniques such as single site laparoscopic surgery progress us to the next level."

While traditional laparoscopic surgery offers benefits like less pain, faster recovery time, and improved cosmesis over open surgery, single site laparoscopic surgery has the potential to extend these benefits even further because it allows surgeons the ability to perform procedures through only one small incision in the bellybutton. As it has only been about a year since the first procedure was performed there is much to learn about this emerging technology in order to demonstrate its benefits and risks. Clinical studies are just now being reported and could indicate that specific single site laparoscopic procedures enhance clinical outcomes as compared to typical laparoscopy; likewise studies could also indicate that specific single site laparoscopic procedures carry added risk potential. Single site laparoscopic surgery may be technically challenging and not all patients will be candidates for single incision (single port) surgery. For some patients additional incisions or open surgery may be required.

At Peconic Bay Medical Center we are continually working to make less invasive care a reality. By investing in innovations from world-leading companies like Olympus, Steris and Stryker we can now perform various surgical procedures through the bellybutton. It’s all a part of our commitment to patient care.

For more information about single site laparoscopic surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Cervone at
(631) 284-9250.