August 26, 2005 07:15 ET Presents: Robotic Myomectomy Enables Treatment of Uterine Fibroids While Preserving Fertility

Live Webcast From the University of Michigan: Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at 11AM ET (15:00 UTC)

ANN ARBOR, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 26, 2005 -- will present a live Webcast of a robotic myomectomy -- a procedure that surgically removes a woman's fibroid tumors from her uterus while still maintaining her fertility -- from an operating room at the University of Michigan Hospital at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 (ET).

Arnold Advincula, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Michigan Health Systems, will perform the surgery. Arleen H. Song, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will moderate the event to explain critical portions of the surgery and answer e-mail questions from viewers during the Webcast.

Advincula will use the da Vinci Surgical System (NASDAQ: ISRG), a minimally invasive surgical robotic system, which allows for the treatment of larger tumors and the reconstruction of the uterus with higher precision. The da Vinci is minimally invasive and permits a quicker recovery time for patients.

"At UMHS, we've been fortunate to have the ability to utilize robotic technology in the treatment of some of gynecology's most complex problems, one of which is the treatment of uterine fibroids," says Dr. Advincula. "We can now give women a much better choice in how to treat their tumors."

Traditionally, myomectomies are performed through open incisions on a patient's abdomen. "The robot acts as an extension of the surgeon's hands," Advincula says. "The biggest advantage is that I don't have to compromise my approach that I would otherwise do in an open case. I can take out a larger tumor of the uterus and repair it with very little damage to the tissue surrounding the tumor. This is very important to women who are choosing this surgery and want to retain their fertility and potentially have children in the future."

Dr. Advincula and the Michigan team have been performing robotic gynecologic surgery since 2001 and pioneered the robotic myomectomy operation. They currently have the largest robotic myomectomy case experience in the world. Additionally, surgeons within the University of Michigan Health System also offer the robotic approach to other surgeries such as radical prostatectomy and pediatric operations.

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