this field to applying the techniques in the operating room," said Dr.
Santiago Horgan, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the
Center for Treatment of Obesity at the University of California, San Diego
Medical School. "Soon we will be able to perform numerous procedures,
including gall bladder surgery, appendectomy, liver biopsy, and many others
using NOTES techniques. Because of the versatility of the system, the EOS
can also be used to create and anchor full thickness folds within the
stomach, opening the door for Incisionless obesity-related procedures."
The University of California at San Diego hosted the first of the two
NOTES events, the "Hands-on NOTES Course," from December 6 to 8 in San
Diego. The Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons held their "New York-Presbyterian Hospital First
Annual International NOTES Course" on December 10 and 11 in New York.
About the USGI EndoSurgical Operating System (EOS)
The USGI EndoSurgical Operating System(TM) (EOS) includes the
TransPort(TM) Multi-lumen Operating Platform, the g-Prox(TM) Tissue Grasper
and Approximation Device, g-Cath(TM) Tissue Anchors and a variety of
endosurgical tissue graspers. The EOS addresses many of the challenges of
Endolumenal and NOTES surgery and provides surgeons the operating platform
and tools they need to cut, sew and manipulate tissue through the narrow
confines of the body's natural lumens.
About USGI Medical, Inc.
USGI Medical is a privately held, venture-backed medical device company
committed to the development of technologies to enable Incisionless
EndoSurgery. Located in San Clemente, California, USGI Medical was founded
in October, 2001 and backed by Alta Partners, a leading life sciences
venture capital firm. http://www.usgimedical.com
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