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Novare Announces Completion of 100th Single Port Laparoscopic Procedure Using RealHand(R) High Dexterity (HD) Instruments

General Surgeons, Gynecologists and Urologists Have Performed 15 Different Types of Single Port Surgeries; Recent 'First-Ever' Procedures Include Single Port Nissen Fundoplication, Colectomy, Prostatectomy and Splenectomy

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Novare Surgical Systems announced the successful completion of the 100th Single Port laparoscopic procedure using RealHand HD instruments. These 'hidden scar' procedures require a single skin incision, and are performed entirely through the patient's belly button, either with a single larger trocar or several smaller ones. The goal is to reduce post operative pain, speed recovery and improve cosmetic results for the patient. "This milestone has been achieved at a remarkably fast pace," said Kerry Pope, Novare Surgical's President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is hard to believe that it was only May 6th of this year when Novare announced the first ever Single Port Access (SPA) Lap Chole by Dr. Paul Curcillo of Drexel University School of Medicine. As single port surgery takes root in multiple specialties we view this as a validation of the approach and the RealHand technology."

Over the last eight months there has been a succession of 'first-ever' single port procedures completed with Novare's RealHand HD instruments. Just this month, Jihad H. Kaouk, M.D, Director of Robotic Urologic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic performed the world's first radical prostatectomy and radical urinary cystectomy entirely through a single incision in the navel. This procedure follows the first single port urologic procedures reported by Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D., Associate Professor of Urology at UTSW in Dallas, TX. "RealHand instruments have absolutely enabled this ground-breaking surgical approach," Dr. Cadeddu added, "which I believe delivers important benefits to my patients."

Several single port advancements have also occurred in general surgery. After performing the 'first ever' SPA colectomy in May 2007, Dr. Curcillo has continued a wide-ranging series of SPA surgeries. Additionally in October 2007, Alexander Rosemurgy, MD, professor of surgery at USF Health and Chief of Surgery at Tampa General Hospital, performed the first single incision Nissen Fundoplication procedure and utilized RealHand to carry out the case exclusively through the patient's belly button. "Single incision laparoscopy will change the landscape of laparoscopy like laparoscopy changed the landscape of surgery in the early 1990s," said Dr. Rosemurgy. "Single incision laparoscopy will be sought by patients and, thereby, must be available from laparoscopists." Michael Albrink, MD, associate professor of surgery at USF Health has been actively performing single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomies, also at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

A growing series of single port gynecology procedures is also underway, with single port total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) and oopherectomy (ovary removal) being offered at several institutions. Gerald Harkins, M.D., Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Assistant Professor Obstetrics & Gynecology at Penn State-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been using RealHand HD instruments for single port ovary removals. "Single Port Access procedures are the new frontier in advanced laparoscopy," quoted Dr. Harkins. "Real Hand HD instruments are the essential tools that allow me to perform this 'hidden-scar' laparoscopic technique"

About RealHand(R) High Dexterity (HD) Instruments for Minimally Invasive Surgery

RealHand HD instruments are the very first full range of motion hand-held laparoscopic instruments. Developed with the EndoLink(R) mechanism, RealHand technology is designed to mirror the surgeon's hand direction with the added benefit of tactile feedback. As such, when the surgeon's hand moves in one direction, the instrument tip exactly follows.

Unlike standard laparoscopic instrumentation, RealHand offers complete 7 degrees of freedom of movement in a hand-held instrument and with no need for additional hardware. Moreover, RealHand will enable surgeons to perform more difficult maneuvers that otherwise cannot be completed with traditional rigid instruments. RealHand HD instruments make it easy to actively manipulate and complete tasks regardless of whether the instrument is positioned over, under, or around structures.

RealHand HD instruments will provide for greater dexterity and control around critical structures and vasculature. The increase in range of motion will lead the way for development of new surgical approaches and techniques. RealHand instruments have received FDA 510(k) clearance.

About Novare Surgical Systems

Based in Cupertino, Calif., Novare Surgical Systems was originally founded in 1999 to develop, manufacture and market devices for cardiac surgery. RealHand was developed entirely at Novare Surgical and represents a shift in the company's focus toward devices for minimally invasive surgery. For more information, visit the company's web site at

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