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ROBODOC(tm) FEASIBILITY STUDY CONCLUDED AT SUTTER GENERAL HOSPITAL TEN TOTAL-HIP REPLACEMENTS USING ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY COMPLETED

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter General Hospital announced today that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)- authorized Feasibility Study of the ROBODOC Surgical Assistant System (ROBODOC), was competed on Feb. 20, with the release from the hospital of the 10th patient to have undergone total-hip replacement surgery with the aid of the robotic system.
 The study, which the FDA authorized in October of 1992, began on Nov. 7, 1992 when ROBODOC was first used by surgeons to create a cavity in the femur into which a prosthetic hip implant was inserted. That surgery, on a 64 year-old man suffering from osteoarthritis, marked the initial use of robotics technology in an active capacity in U.S. medical history. The Feasibility Study consisted of a total of ten such procedures, all at Sutter General.
 "We are pleased with out patients' progress," said Sutter General spokesperson Beatrix Wilson. "All of the ROBODOC patients are now home and their respective recoveries are proceeding as expected and without complications."
 The purpose of the Feasibility Study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the ROBODOC System. ROBODOC is a product of Sacramento- based Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. (ISS).
 "We learned a great deal from the study as the technology was successfully integrated into traditional operating techniques," said ISS Chief Operating Officer Bela Musits. "The study was a promising beginning for ROBODOC. We will now compile and review all of the study data and sit down and talk with the FDA about appropriate next steps."
 "The study was a valuable first step in determining the potential benefits of this technology to future patients," said Dr. William Bargar, the prominent Sacramento orthopedic surgeon who performed the initial ROBODOC surgery and five others during the feasibility study. Drs. Jeffrey Taylor and Michael Leathers, each on staff at Sutter General, also performed ROBODOC-assisted surgeries during the study.
 Sutter General Hospital has been serving the needs of the Sacramento and Northern California communities since 1923. In 1987 the hospital was rebuilt, making it one of the most technologically advanced medical facilities in the country. Today, the hospital is a 318-bed, not-for- profit, acute care facility with four clinically distinct service lines; Sutter Orthopedic Center, Sutter Neuroscience Center, Sutter Spine Center, and Sutter Diabetes Care Center.
 ISS is a privately-held company that develops and commercializes computer-based image-driven surgical robotics systems. The company was founded in October of 1990 as the result of four years of collaborative research between IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, IBM's Scientific Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and the University of California, Davis (UCD). The company was established after the ROBODOC Surgical System was successfully used in 26 total-hip replacement operations on dogs.
 NOTE TO EDITORS: The identities of the ROBODOC patients continue to remain confidential. We request your assistance in honoring their requests in this regard.
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/CONTACT: Bela Musits or Bill Giles of Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc., 916-646-3487; Beatrix Wilson of Sutter General Hospital, 916-733- 3083; Lloyd Benson or Gilly Weinstein of Cudaback Strategic Communications, 617-661-6330, for ISS/

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