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University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven Completes First Robotic Gall Bladder Removal Procedure.

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LEUVEN, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 2000

The University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven, Department of Abdominal Surgery today announced the completion of two robotic laparoscopic cholestectomy procedures to remove the patient's gall bladder. Baki Topal, MD performed the surgeries laparoscopically through three 5-mm ports with the Computer Motion ZEUS(tm) Robotic Surgical System on two female patients suffering from chronic gall bladder disease. This minimally invasive surgical approach decreases patient pain, trauma and recovery time.

"The ZEUS System was very effective in this procedure--both in surgical performance and ease of integration," said Dr. Topal. "The operating room staff can set up the entire ZEUS System in less than 15 minutes and my standard surgical protocol can be followed. I plan to continue using this technology in patients with similar indications and expect to evolve to performing more advanced general surgery procedures with the ZEUS System."

Dr. Topal continued, "The voice-controlled robotic visualization of the ZEUS System allows the surgeon to maintain direct control over the operative view and to provide predictable scope movements. Simple voice commands make controlling the robot very natural and seamless."

University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven first integrated robotics into its surgical program less than five months ago as a strategic means to advance its minimally invasive surgical programs and to deliver improved patient outcomes. "Their rapid rate of technology integration and early clinical success in both general and cardiac surgery is another example of the validity and effectiveness of the Computer Motion Evolve Surgical Continuum program," stated Robert W. Duggan, Chairman and CEO of Computer Motion. "To be successful with advanced endoscopy, the surgeon and staff must take a gradient approach to learning new surgical techniques and procedures. It is most effective for surgical teams to become familiarized with robotics in their standard minimally invasive techniques, which will lead them to new minimally invasive procedures with the ZEUS Robotic Surgical System. We are proud to have the University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven demonstrating the effectiveness of the Evolve Continuum," Mr. Duggan added.

Computer Motion is a high-tech medical device company evolving surgical practices to enhance patient lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets proprietary computer-enhanced and robotic surgical systems, which enhance surgeons' capabilities, improve outcomes and reduce costs. Computer Motion's products include the voice-controlled AESOP(R) endoscope positioning system; the HERMES(tm) Control Center, a centralized system which enables the surgeon to voice control a network of "smart" medical devices; and the ZEUS(tm) Robotic Surgical System for new minimally invasive microsurgery procedures, such as endoscopic, beating heart bypass surgery. The ZEUS System is CE-Marked for commercial sale in the European Community and is co-marketed by Computer Motion and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT). Computer Motion has completed an FDA-approved Phase 1 Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) coronary bypass study and has initiated an IDE mitral valve surgery study with the ZEUS System. The company's Web site is www.ComputerMotion.com.
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