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Minimally Invasive Surgery: Olympus Further Enhances Credentials by Entering Into Exclusive Sales and Distribution Partnership With Market and Technology Leader Advanced Surgical Concepts
Date:12/11/2008

The market for minimally invasive products is constantly expanding. In Europe alone, around 900,000 gall bladder operations are carried out each year. Over the next few years, a larger number of gall bladder operations will be performed via the umbilicus. Experts predict a significant increase in operations - including complex operations - involving 'scarless' surgery within the coming years.

In addition to the benefits for the patient in terms of the cosmetic aspect and reduction in pain from the healing process, this new form of access brings advantages for hospitals, with costs being held at the same level as for conventional operating techniques, whilst continuing the trend towards shorter in-patient times and reduced hospital costs through minimised risk of post-operative infection.

With its products and systems solutions, Olympus is positioning itself as a capable partner for the medical sector. Flexible and rigid endoscopes are playing a decisive role in minimally invasive diagnostics and therapy. The company's range of products comprises endoscopes and systems solutions for wide-ranging applications in internal medicine and surgery, endoscopic video systems, reprocessing systems and a broad selection of endotherapy products.

    For further information, please contact:
    Silvia Schanze
    Corporate Marketing
    Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Kuhnstrasse 61, 22045 Hamburg
    Tel: +49-40-669-66-2370
    Email: Silvia.Schanze@olympus-owi.com



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