USGI Medical Announces First US NOTES Cholecystectomy Procedure  
4/2/2007 12:36:46 PM

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USGI Medical, Inc., the pioneer in the emerging field of Incisionless EndoSurgery, announced today the use of its technology in the first US NOTES procedure (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery) performed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Drs. Marc Bessler, Peter Stevens and Dennis Fowler successfully performed a transvaginal cholecystectomy with limited laparoscopic assistance as part of a larger IRB approved study. “USGI platform technology provided critical stability and control of the transvaginal endoscope, enabling the use of flexible endoscopic instruments for dissection and retraction of the gall bladder,” said Dr. Marc Bessler, Director of Laparoscopic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.