March 09, 2005 07:15 ET

Reminder - Presents: NYU Medical Center Webcast Features a Revolutionary Approach for Mitral Valve Repair

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Reduces Trauma and Pain and Improves the Quality of Life for Patients

Live Webcast March 9, 2005 3:00 pm ET (20:00 UTC)

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 9, 2005 -- NYU Medical Center's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery will conduct a live surgical webcast on March 9th at 3 pm ET of a minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedure. NYU is widely recognized as one of the most proficient heart programs in the world, performing over 1,800 adult and pediatric open-heart operations a year. Dr. Stephen B. Colvin, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, stated, "Minimally invasive cardiac surgery has become the standard of care for virtually all patients requiring valve surgery and most patients requiring coronary artery revascularization or bypass (CABG). We are excited with the opportunity to conduct a case and discuss our technique and outcomes through the Internet broadcast. NYU is a training center for Cardiac Surgeons from around the world and this educational program expands the opportunity for our colleagues to learn and comment about this important procedure."

"We reduce the trauma and pain associated with open-chest surgery and improve quality of life for patients," stated Dr. Aubrey C. Galloway, Vice Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery. "And eliminating the larger incision greatly reduces post-operative discomfort enables patients to quickly begin a much shorter recovery process." Currently, NYU patients are comfortably managed on a four-day care map versus the traditional 7-10 days required with most open-heart procedures, allowing patients to recover faster. In as little as two weeks, patients have resumed day-to-day activities and even returned to their jobs.

In 2001, Drs. Colvin, Galloway and Grossi, working with engineers from Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), designed the CG Future™ Band for use in mitral valve repair surgery to help restore, or "remodel," the leaking mitral valve opening to a more-normal shape. "The CG Future band restores proper valve coaptation and improves valve function after repair," according to Dr. Galloway. "The design of The Future Band allows the surgeon to achieve more predictable remodeling of the valve annulus while maintaining normal physiology and flexibility. This should lead to more predictable long-term results after valve repair surgery."

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