SOURCE: Prosurgics


June 03, 2009 07:00 ET

Prosurgics' FreeHand Laparoscopic Camera Controller Receives FDA Clearance

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Surgical robotics company Prosurgics announces today that FreeHand®, its next generation laparoscopic camera controller has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA, allowing the company to commence sales activities for the product in the US market.

FreeHand provides laparoscopic surgeons with improved visualisation throughout the procedure and addresses the scarcity and the cost of good camera assistants. Prosurgics commenced deliveries of FreeHand in Europe during February 2009, where a growing number of surgeons and hospitals are now enjoying its benefits. Prosurgics is focused on bringing high-value robotic solutions to surgical challenges in an affordable manner to a multi-specialty, global market.

Bill Perry, President of Prosurgics Inc., commented, "Experience in Europe over the past months has demonstrated the demand for FreeHand from all disciplines of laparoscopic surgery. We believe that US surgeons will be even faster in adopting this new technology; the message we are getting is very clear -- Freehand addresses real needs, simply and affordably. With strong interest from a large number of leading institutions I am excited by the prospects for rapid penetration of this market of 1.5 million procedures annually. Providing surgeons direct control of the scope, procedural time savings and a rock steady viewing image has proven very attractive."

About Prosurgics

Prosurgics is dedicated to pioneering a new generation of innovative but affordable surgical robots. Its range of robotic solutions helps improve patient outcomes and healthcare economics in hospitals around the world. The company's technology portfolio encompasses image guided and tele-manipulator systems, surgical planning and intra-operative navigation.

With offices in the UK (Bracknell), USA (Cupertino, CA) and Germany and a global network of expert distributors, Prosurgics delivers innovative and effective solutions for today's surgeons and hospitals around the world.

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