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Novare Announces Completion of 100th Single Port Laparoscopic Procedure Using RealHand(R) High Dexterity (HD) Instruments
Date:12/18/2007

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 M
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