CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) -
Surgical robotics company Prosurgics
announces today the first sale of a FreeHand® laparoscopic camera
controller in Georgia.
Supporting the Atlanta metro area, the South Fulton Medical Center is a
modern facility known for medical innovation and state-of-the-art
equipment. Two top surgeons, Dr. Kevin Edmonds and Dr. Vijaykumar Patel,
performed a series of surgeries this fall using FreeHand. Dr. Edmonds, an
OB/GYN surgeon, used it for laparoscopic hysterectomies and other cases.
Dr. Patel, a general surgeon, performed several other types of surgeries,
including a colon resection.
FreeHand is a 15 lb. robotic device that gives surgeons direct control of
the laparoscopic camera via a small, lightweight hands-free controller worn
on the surgeon's head. Gentle head movements permit precise scope
positioning and a rock-steady image, and faster surgery after a very rapid
learning curve. FreeHand can be used to hold the laparoscope for all
minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures.
Bill Perry, President of Prosurgics Inc., said, "We are delighted that
FreeHand is now being used at South Fulton. In addition to being
affordable, FreeHand is the latest in advanced laparoscopic surgery
technology and optimizes patient care in numerous surgical specialties. It
is used widely in Europe, and this purchase represents another positive
step in our rapidly expanding U.S. growth."
"The Freehand device facilitates minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery.
Therefore the patient only has three small incisions, each smaller than the
tip of your finger," says Kevin Edmonds, M.D., OB/GYN. "The device gives me
and the surgical team the ability to work quickly and efficiently. The
patient recovers 50% faster than traditional surgical methods and is
usually back to regular activities within days. The incision is so small,
future scarring is very minimal or none at all."
Prosurgics is dedicated to pioneering a new generation of innovative but
affordable surgical robots. Its range of robotic solutions helps improve
patient outcomes and healthcare economics in hospitals around the world.
The company's technology portfolio encompasses image guided and
tele-manipulator systems, surgical planning and intra-operative navigation.
With offices in the UK (Bracknell), USA (Cupertino, CA) and Germany and a
global network of expert distributors, Prosurgics delivers innovative and
effective solutions for today's surgeons and hospitals around the world.