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Cardium's InnerCool Announces Positive Benefits of Cooling During Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Published in Urology
Date:3/9/2009

SAN DIEGO, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardium Therapeutics (NYSE Alternext US: CXM) and its operating unit InnerCool Therapies, Inc., today reported that positive clinical findings demonstrating faster recovery of urinary continence using localized manual cooling techniques during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy surgery will be published in the April 2009 issue of Urology and is now available online at http://www.goldjournal.net/article/S0090-4295(08)01953-5/abstract. The Hypothermic Nerve-sparing Radical Prostatectomy: Rationale, Feasibility, and Effect on Early Continence study conducted by Thomas E. Ahlering, M.D., David S. Finley, M.D., and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, demonstrated that cooling during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy surgery resulted in a statistically significant improvement in early postoperative continence following surgery.

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The results reported on 47 patients receiving hypothermia during robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (hRLP) who were prospectively compared with a standard robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RLP) cohort of 666 controls. Pelvic cooling was achieved using cold irrigation and an endorectal cooling balloon cycled with 4 degrees Celsius saline. Urinary continence was defined as requiring no urinary pads. The return to continence was faster for the hRLP (hypothermia) group versus the RLP (control) group: median 39 days versus 59 days, respectively (p=0.002).

Following early positive results using manual cooling techniques during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy surgery, InnerCool's new UroCool(TM) Catheter System was developed
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