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LAPAROSCOPIC REVOLUTION CONTINUES IN EUROPE; INTL. SURGICAL STAPLING CONGRESS EXTOLS LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNOLOGY

LAPAROSCOPIC REVOLUTION CONTINUES IN EUROPE; INTL. SURGICAL STAPLING

CONGRESS EXTOLS LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNOLOGY
 NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Surgical Corporation (NYSE: USS) reports that approximately 1,800 surgeons gathered in Luxembourg ten days ago for the second annual European surgical stapling symposium, entitled "Minimally Invasive Surgery and New Technology." From the 49 papers presented, a number of important themes emerged:
 -- Endoscopic instruments are being applied to an ever-increasing number of surgical procedures, fueling a surgical revolution in Europe and the United States.
 -- Surgeons are hungry for new endoscopic instruments that will extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to a growing number of patients.
 -- In Europe, where surgeons frequently use reusable instruments, there is a heightened awareness of the increased safety and efficacy of disposable instruments.
 The symposium, which included lectures from leading surgeons in Europe and the United States, highlighted new techniques and instrumentation in both open stapling and minimally invasive surgery. The majority of presentations were based on surgical procedures utilizing pioneering instrumentation developed by United States Surgical Corporation.
 The symposium also addressed a number of pressing issues that affect the practice of laparoscopic surgery today, among them, the use of disposable versus reusable instruments; the training and certification of surgeons in endoscopic techniques; and the future impact of minimally invasive surgery.
 An overview of the papers presented indicated that endoscopic surgery has made important inroads in Europe and the U.S. and continues to gain momentum. The procedures discussed during the three-day conference spanned a broad range of specialties including general, colon and rectal, thoracic, urologic, gynecologic and pediatric surgery.
 Here is a sampling of findings from the papers presented:
 -- Based on a study of 785 pediatric patients, laparoscopic technique is as safe and effective as open surgery and should be used in pediatric surgery as often as possible. (J.L. Alian, Limoges, France)
 -- Out of 164 minimally invasive lung procedures performed over 27 months, hospital stay averaged 5.3 days with 80 percent of patients going home in 3 days or less. There were no deaths. (D.J. Sugarbaker, Boston, Mass., USA)
 -- Among 120 patients with acute appendicitis, laparoscopic technique increased the probability of accurate diagnosis, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary appendectomies performed. In this series, 10 patients (8 percent) were originally misdiagnosed as having appendicitis. Laparoscopy identified the true pathology. (J.C. De Watteville, Paris, France)
 -- In a study group of 678 "tension-free" hernia repair cases, operating time averaged 30 minutes and the recurrence rate was less than 1 percent. (J.L. Corbitt, Atlantis, Fla., USA)
 -- U.S. Surgical's Auto Suture Endo GIA(TM) instrument enhances speed and safety in minimally invasive hysterectomy. (P. Mouret, Lyon, France)
 -- U.S. Surgical's Auto Suture Endo Hernia(TM) stapler, developed for hernia repair, can be used to repair hiatal hernias -- a very common procedure -- offering a faster and more precise alternative to manual suturing. (E. Groce, Milan, Italy)
 United States Surgical Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of surgical staplers, the leader in the rapidly growing area of minimally invasive surgery and a recent entrant into the suture market.
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