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THE LEARNING CHANNEL CAPTIVATES VIEWERS WITH 'THE OPERATION'

 BETHESDA, Md., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- If you thought that its programs on the solar system, spackling and salsa have inspired the most enthusiastic viewer calls at the Bethesda-based Learning Channel over the last three months, guess again. The winner is a series about -- surgery.
 "The Operation," which each week presents a specific surgical procedure in careful detail, focusing on the patient, the doctor and the results, is a real winner with the Learning Channel's audience. In February, March and April the series captured more than 22 percent of all viewer calls, even nosing out sister channel Discovery's programs for those months.
 Next up on "The Operation" -- "Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery." During this delicate procedure, 6-foot-5-inch Dr. James C. (Butch) Rosser Jr., M.D., of Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center, places a one- half inch in diameter laparoscope with an attached miniature camera inside the patient through a tiny slit about the size of a dime. This gives the surgeon a bloodless view of the entire abdominal area. Then, this ex-football player inserts long dainty tools which are used to remove the diseased organ, leaving a scar small enough for a bandaid.
 Rosser and patient Candace Windun take viewers on a fantastic voyage inside the human body during this episode of "The Operation" which makes its world television premiere on Thursday, May 6, from 8-9 p.m. EDT, and midnight-1 a.m. EDT, and repeats on Monday, May 10, from 10-11 p.m. EDT and 2-3 a.m. EDT.
 The Learning Channel is the only cable network that consistently offers people of all ages an enjoyable, entertaining way to learn and satisfy their natural curiosity. TLC is a service of Discovery Networks, a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., which also owns and operates The Discovery Channel, cable's only all non-fiction entertainment network.
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 /CONTACT: Stacey Seidl of The Discovery Channel, 301-986-1999, ext. 5437/


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