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Renowned Leader and Educator in Robotic Cardiac Bypass Surgery Leverages Cardica's C-Port(R) Flex-A(R) Anastomosis System in His Practice and to Educate Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Date:5/28/2008

- Dr. Sudhir Srivastava Revolutionizing Minimally-Invasive Closed-Chest Bypass Surgery; Created Robotic Bypass Training Program Using Flex-A to

Emphasize Reproducibility of Procedure and Decrease Learning Curve -

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced that internationally-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Sudhir Srivastava, M.D., is innovating robot-assisted minimally-invasive cardiac bypass surgery with the use of the da Vinci(R) Surgical System and Cardica's C-Port(R) Flex-A(R) Anastomosis System to complete the anastomoses (connection of blood vessels). To date, Dr. Srivastava has completed 16 anastomoses in single and multivessel beating heart da Vinci revascularization procedures using the C-Port Flex-A system through small incisions in the chest cavity that create finger-size ports. Of 14 grafts studied, all were determined to be patent, or open, based on an analysis of follow-up angiography. Dr. Srivastava is director of robotic and minimally-invasive cardiac surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Srivastava pioneered both the da Vinci revascularization (DVR) and port-only coronary artery bypass (port-only CAB) surgical methods. These procedures require the creation of fingertip-size openings, or ports, that allow the surgeon to perform this breakthrough approach to minimally-invasive beating heart coronary bypass graft (CABG) surgery. These procedures are performed without the need to stop the heart or the use of a heart-lung machine. Dr. Srivastava has performed more of these procedures than any other surgeon in the world. Further, he has demonstrated these innovative techniques to other cardiothoracic surgeons in the United States an
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