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Inlet Medical, Inc.'s ELEVEST(R) Surgical Kit Earns Honorable Mention Award From Society Of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

10/19/2005 5:10:22 PM

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Inlet Medical Inc., a privately held medical device company that develops and markets products for pelvic reconstructive surgery for women, today announced that its ELEVEST(R) laparoscopic surgical procedure kit earned an honorable mention from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) in the organization's annual Laparoscopic Gynecological Device of the Year Awards. The awards program recognizes the most innovative products of the past year that have a multidisciplinary application in minimally invasive surgery. Inlet Medical received the award at the SLS 12th International Congress and Endo Expo, recently held in Las Vegas.

"We are very proud and honored that the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons has recognized our efforts to provide best-in-class surgical products for the women's health market," said Lee Jones, president and chief executive officer, Inlet Medical. "With the ELEVEST laparoscopic kit, doctors can finally offer an alternative treatment to women who suffer from uterine prolapse without doing a hysterectomy."

The ELEVEST kit was further honored at the SLS conference Endo Expo when Dr. James Presthus, a gynecological surgeon from Edina, Minn., received the Best Gynecology Video Award for his video, "ELEVEST, A New Treatment for Uterine Prolapse Repair."

Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus drops from the normal position in the pelvic cavity and descends toward or into the vagina. Using the ELEVEST procedure kit, both the round and uterosacral ligaments are shortened and strengthened to restore the uterus to its normal position. The minimally invasive procedure, which is performed through small openings in the abdomen, maintains the normal alignment of the pelvic organs and should not affect sexual function. Each year in the United States, more than $1 billion is spent on surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, and hysterectomies are the most common procedure.

About the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons was established as an educational, non-profit organization to help ensure the highest standards for the practice of laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery. With an international membership of over 6,000 surgeons, the organization offers a unique approach to the study and education of minimally invasive surgery by bringing together different medical specialties that use the techniques and tools of minimally invasive surgery.

About Inlet Medical Inc.

Inlet Medical Inc., based in Eden Prairie, Minn., is a privately held medical device company that specializes in surgical products for the women's health market. The company develops and markets laparoscopic surgical procedure kits to gynecologists who perform pelvic reconstructive surgery in women. As many as 5 million women in the United States may be able to benefit from the company's unique product offerings. More information about the company can be found at . Educational information about the procedures is available at .

Inlet Medical Inc.

CONTACT: Lee Jones, president and CEO of Inlet Medical Inc.,+1-952-942-5034, , or Nancy A. Johnson,+1-612-455-1745, , or Laura Spitzack, +1-612-455-1782, , both of Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc.

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