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SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL BRINGS ROBOTIC SURGERY TO MONTEREY COUNTY

Salinas, CA - 10/23/2008

SALINAS, CA, October 23, 2008 - Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System today unveiled its newest surgical tool—the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System. Salinas Valley Memorial will be the first hospital in Monterey County to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery, with the first case scheduled for next week. This technology enhances the surgeon's ability to perform minimally invasive procedures, thereby enabling patients to recover more quickly and with fewer adverse side effects. Studies show that patients whose surgery is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System may benefit from shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and quicker returns to normal daily activities.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.

Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System finally allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach - routinely and with confidence.

A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional MIS technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring.


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