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Novare Announces Completion of First Pediatric Single Port Spleen Removal Using RealHand(R) HD Instruments
Date:7/28/2008

8-year-old patient receives 'hidden scar' procedure; Pediatrics becomes 4th surgical specialty to benefit from single port surgery with RealHand HD

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CUPERTINO, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Novare Surgical Systems announced the successful completion of the first pediatric single port splenectomy, using RealHand HD instruments. The patient, an 8-year-old boy from San Jose, CA, is doing very well and one day after his surgery was sitting up in his hospital bed playing games and prepping to go home the next day. The 'hidden scar' procedure was performed by Dr. Sanjeev Dutta at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and required only a single skin incision in the patient's belly button.

"It's called single port surgery," said Dr. Dutta, "and it's the next evolution in minimal access. And it's definitely stealth, since we're leaving no evidence a surgery even occurred. This pathway through the tummy is in the early stages of adoption in both kids and adults, but it's rapidly gaining acceptance," continued Dr. Dutta. "It definitely takes some dexterity and it helps that we now have surgery tools that mirror my actual hand movements." Dr. Dutta has no affiliation with Novare Surgical.

"My priority is doing what's best for the child," said Dr. Dutta. "Visible scars can be psychologically painful for children, so we want to reduce or eliminate them whenever we can. We're proving this type of surgery works, and we're thrilled to offer it."

"We are delighted with the expansion of single port surgery into pediatric minimally invasive procedures," said Joe Guido, Novare Surgical's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "A significant pediatric patient population may soon realize the potential of reduced post operative pain, faster recovery and improved cosmetic results through this approach and we are proud that Novare's RealHand instruments are a key element in this process."

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