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Surgeons from across the country are coming to Riverhead for the opportunity to observe and learn how to do operating procedures using the da Vinci surgical system.
Peconic Bay Medical Center has been chosen by Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci Si surgical system, as the first case observation site on Long Island, and one of only a few in the entire Northeast, according to a hospital release.
Starting Monday, visiting surgeons have been able to watch surgeries in real-time as Dr. Agostino Cervone, general surgeon at PBMC Health, explains the procedure he is performing and the techniques being used.
To use the machine, the surgeon — sitting at a separate console — operates two remote robot hands via video screen, hand controls and foot pedals. There are two monitors, one for each eye, giving the doctor 3D depth perception while operating, hospital officials said.
Participants can interact and ask questions as they observe, and then try out their skills on the hospital’s da Vinci skills simulator – which surgeons use as a training device master various robot-assisted surgery techniques.
According to the release from the hospital, the da Vinci surgical system uses single site incision, which eliminates the need for large incisions – reducing blood loss and tissue damage to a fraction of what happens in traditional surgery.
“By educating other physicians and surgeons about the latest advances in robotic surgery, we are ultimately helping more patients who will benefit from this type of surgery,” Dr. Cervone said.
“This is a major advancement for our hospital,” said Andrew Mitchell, hospital president and CEO. “Our robotic surgery program and highly skilled and dedicated team is committed to continually improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve through the pursuit of excellence in healthcare and state-of-the-art technology.”
Flower lovers take note — the 18th Annual Garden Festival hosted by Peconic Bay Medical Center kicked off Thursday and will continue all weekend in Riverhead.
Forty East End growers will be selling everything from trees and bushes to flowers and bedding plants, which will be available at three different locations. Plant experts from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Garden Center will be on hand to provide festival goers with green-thumb advice. Briermere Farm pies and Holey Moses cheesecakes will also be on sale.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit Project Fit America, a non-profit organization promoting cardiovascular health and fitness programs at elementary schools nation wide.
PBMC Health has partnered with Project Fit America to launch the program at Riverhead School District elementary schools, the first Project Fit America program in New York. Its health and fitness program has been used at schools in 42 other states.
All five elementary schools in the Riverhead district will benefit from the program.
To start promoting health and fitness, a weighted hula hoop contest for kids will take place every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead Saturday. Winners from each round will take home a free potted plant for Mother’s Day.
The Garden Festival will take place May 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Staples Shopping Center in Riverhead and Green Lawn in Westhampton Beach.
It will also take place May 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PBMC Health Manorville Campus located at 496 Route 111S in Manorville.
For more information call (631) 548-6080 or visit pbmchealth.org.