December 08, 2006 13:51 ET

ORLive Presents: ROBOTIC PROSTATECTOMY Offers Quicker Return to Normal Activities

Live Webcast: From Morristown Memorial Hospital: February 2, 2007 at 2:00 PM EST (19:00 UTC)

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 8, 2006 -- Surgeons specializing in the da Vinci® Surgical System at Morristown Memorial Hospital, part of Atlantic Health, will perform a robotic prostatectomy live over the Internet. The hour-long broadcast will air at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, February 2 on Those who log on to view the live broadcast also will have the opportunity to ask the physicians questions during the surgery.

The urology team at Morristown Memorial has completed more than 100 robotic prostatectomies since acquiring the technology in March 2005. The surgery is performed on patients diagnosed with prostate cancer who require removal of the prostate.

"Patients have seen significant benefits using this technique," said Lee Pressler, MD, a surgeon who will perform the procedure during the broadcast. "Patients have experienced less scarring, quicker recovery time, less blood loss, less pain and a quicker return to their normal activities and sexual function."

Surgeon Ayal Kaynan, MD, said the group has not had to give a single patient a blood transfusion since robotic surgery began. The incidence of infection also is significantly lower, as several very small incisions are made to access the prostate, rather than large incisions. "The patients find they recover much more quickly," Kaynan said. "They start driving a car in two weeks instead of four to six weeks with traditional open surgery."

The success of the da Vinci System in prostate surgery has inspired the surgical team at Morristown Memorial to expand its use. Surgeons here use the da Vinci system for complex kidney reconstruction, including partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer. Morristown became the first hospital on the east coast to perform a robotic sacral colpopexy to correct vaginal prolapse, and cardiac surgeons are on the front lines as use of the da Vinci System in cardiac surgery continues to evolve.

The surgery is the latest of several at the hospital aired live over the Internet. Earlier webcasts include minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, heart bypass surgery, gastric bypass surgery, minimally invasive chest surgery and a carotid endarterectomy, a procedure to clear a blocked carotid artery.

da Vinci® is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG).

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