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

ay 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.

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