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REVOLUTIONARY ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY IS FEATURED IN NATIONWIDE TELECONFERENCE SUPPORTED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 REVOLUTIONARY ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY IS FEATURED IN NATIONWIDE
 TELECONFERENCE SUPPORTED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON
 CINCINNATI, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- New minimally invasive surgery that lessens health care costs and speeds patient recovery is being brought to thousands of physicians and nurses nationwide today, as part of a national televised educational program sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Department of Surgery here. The program is supported by an educational grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
 The new approach, known as endoscopic surgery, is already benefiting several thousand patients nationwide, according to Frederick L. Greene, M.D.m, professor of surgery and director of surgical endoscopy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Greene moderated the proceedings.
 Endoscopic surgery requires only three small punctures versus conventional, or open surgery that requires incisions several inches long and cutting through layers of muscle. As a result, with endoscopic surgery, patients experience a quicker recovery time (typically two to three weeks versus two to three months recovery from open surgery.) The minimally invasive approach, which lessens scarring and post-operative pain, is quickly replacing major abdominal surgery as a means of performing procedures such as gallbladder removal.
 Today's conference covered areas of surgery that concern millions of Americans each year: hernia repair, bowel surgery, and the removal of gallstones. Utilization of endoscopic surgery for each of these types of surgery will help patients return to normal activities in far less time than would have been possible with conventional surgery.
 In addition to the University of Cincinnati, the conference has been endorsed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). SAGES is the nation's leading medical organization for the training and education of surgeons interested in utilizing endoscopic surgery for their patients. Greene is president of Sages.
 "The medical benefits and cutting edge technology of endoscopic surgery clearly mark it as a virtual revolution in the way most forms of surgery will be performed," Greene noted. "Lessened cost, reduced post- operative pain means that more physicians - and their institutions -- will increasingly move to utilize endoscopic surgery into the 21st century."
 Johnson & Johnson is the world's largest and most comprehensive manufacturer of health care products. Its Ethicon Endo-Surgery subsidiary provides surgeons an array of products including stapling and endoscopic products.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Steinerman of Ruder-Finn, 212-715-1677, for Ethicon Endo-Surgery/ CO: ETHICON Endo-Surgery; Johnson & Johnson; University of Cincinnati ST: Ohio, New Jersey IN: MTC SU:


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