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LITERATURE REVIEWS ON LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY AVAILABLE; GALLBLADDER REMOVAL OFFERS SIGNIFICANT PATIENT BENEFITS OVER CONVENTIONAL SURGERY

LITERATURE REVIEWS ON LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY AVAILABLE; GALLBLADDER REMOVAL OFFERS SIGNIFICANT PATIENT BENEFITS OVER CONVENTIONAL SURGERY
 NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Two reviews of the medical literature on minimally invasive -- or laparoscopic -- surgery are available from United States Surgical Corporation (USSC) (NYSE: USS).
 One review focuses exclusively on laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), and the second on laparoscopic lung and bowel surgery, appendectomy, hernia repair, ulcer repair and gynecolgic and urologic surgery.
 In addition to citing nearly 100 medical papers, the reviews trace the development of modern laparoscopy from the early 1900s through its expanded use by gynecologists over the past two decades to the advanced procedures being performed today.
 Laparoscopic gallbladder removal is currently the most common type of laparoscopic surgery in the United States, and ScienceWatch, a publication that tracks trends in research, recently reported that the minimally invasive
procedure was the "hottest" area of scientific study in 1991. Approximately 80 percent of all gallbladder surgery in the


U.S. has converted to the laparoscopic technique because of widely documented patient benefits, including significantly less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recuperation.
 For copies of the literature reviews contact: Steve Ross, director of media relations, 203-845-4505.
 USSC develops, manufactures and markets a range of technologically advanced surgical products to hospitals throughout the world. For nearly a quarter-century, USSC has been the leader in developing and marketing surgical staplers and, more recently, has pioneered the development of laparoscopic instrumentation.
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