June 16, 2005 07:15 ET Presents: Children's Hospital Boston Hosts Live Webcast of Minimally Invasive Robotic Assisted Surgery to Correct Obstructed Kidney

Live Webcast Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 3 p.m. ET (19:00 UTC)

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 16, 2005 -- On Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 3 p.m. (ET) Children's Hospital Boston will perform a pediatric robotic assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty to remove an obstruction from a patient's kidney, and reconnect the kidney's drainage system. The Webcast, live from the operating room, is part of Children's ongoing effort to promote medical education, and allow physicians and consumers to see the latest and most innovative medical treatments available to them.

Craig Peters, MD, a urologic surgeon at Children's and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, will perform the surgery. Alan Retik, MD, Surgeon-in-chief and Urologist-in-chief at Children's, will moderate the event to explain critical portions of the surgery and answer e-mail questions from viewers during the live Webcast.

The open pyeloplasty surgery is traditionally performed by making an incision in the patient's side under the rib. Alternately, it may be performed laparoscopically, though few surgeons have learned how to do this efficiently. Using the Da Vinci (NASDAQ: ISRG) minimally invasive robotic system, surgeons are able to perform the complete reconstructive surgery laparoscopically with higher precision than with the traditional laparoscopic procedure. "I find that with the three-dimensional imaging I can visualize more effectively and perform more precise and complex reconstructive surgery inside the abdomen," says Peters.

"Although operative times have increased with the use of the robot compared to traditional open pyeloplasty, we are getting closer to open surgical times, and hospital stays have decreased from three days to one," says Peters. The robotic surgery also reduces blood loss, postoperative pain and allows for a quicker recovery from surgery.

While success rates of open and robotic assisted pyeloplasty are similar, robotic surgery is a newer method and further analysis is needed to determine if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, which include cost and longer operative times. "I think robotic surgery is the way to go," says Peters. "With robotic assisted pyeloplasty leading the way, this technology has changed the way we do surgery and has allowed us to provide new treatment options to our patients."

To view this live Webcast, please visit A program preview is currently available.

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