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First Patient of NOTES Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Study Successfully Treated With Ethicon Endo-Surgery Devices
Date:7/9/2009

CINCINNATI, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. today announced the successful treatment of the first patient of its IDE feasibility trial. The case, which was performed at The Ohio State University Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, marks the first natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedure involving the company's investigational devices. NOTES is a surgical method in which external incisions are eliminated, potentially leading to reduced pain, a quicker recovery and a faster return to normal activities for the patient.

The Ethicon Endo-Surgery Toolbox* for natural orifice surgery is a novel, comprehensive suite of devices specifically designed for this new approach to surgery. Several of these devices are featured in studies accepted for presentation this week at the 4th International NOSCAR Conference on NOTES in Boston. The patient treated at The Ohio State University Medical Center underwent a transgastric diagnostic peritoneoscopy with laparoscopic assistance prior to a laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. The transgastric diagnostic peritoneoscopy is an exploratory surgery of the abdomen with the potential to treat adhesions, biopsy, etc.

"Using the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Toolbox, we were able to perform a thorough diagnostic peritoneoscopy in about the same timeframe as a typical laparoscopic procedure using the patient's mouth as the primary external access point. This protocol was designed to collect device data as well as intra-operative procedure data on the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Toolbox to assess the feasibility of using these devices within this procedural application," said Jeffrey Hazey, MD, FACS, assistant professor at the Ohio State University Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. "I believe this study will serve as a critical step in advancing NOTES and NOTES specific technology, which holds great promise for improving surge
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