FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Nov 13, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contacts:











The Chamberlain Group




Media

Lisa Chamberlain





Edward D. Agne

Vice President/Managing Partner



Communications Strategy Group

413 528 7744






781 631 3117

lisa@t
hecgroup.com





edagne@comstratgroup.com


Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Nora Distefano

Market Development Specialist

408 523 2199

Cell: 408 594 4100

Nora.distefano@intuisurg.com



CHAMBERLAIN GROUP ANNOUNCES

NEXT GENERATIONS OF


UTERINE ROBOTIC SURGERY TRAINER AND
ROBOTI C SURGERY
TRAINING KITS


Reflects Robust Growth of Client Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci
®

System
;

Creating
Breakthrough Training Methods as
Robotic Surgery
Increases


Great Barrington, MA,
No
vember 6
, 2008


The Chamberlain Group, producers
of anatomically accurate s
urgical
trainers
, today announced

two new robotic
surgery training devices:

a comprehensive Uterine Robotic Surgery Trainer
and
t
he next generation of its Robotic System Skills Ki
t
, a modular

tool

for
practicing

basic skills
in
robotic surgery
.


According to Lisa Chamberlain, The Chamberlain Group’s co
-
founder
, t
he

Uterine Trainer is a lifelike, full
-
scale model of the human uter
u
s and vaginal
canal. It is composed of Chamberlain’s

proprietary polymer that looks and feels
like living tissue
,
has appropriate elasticity and can be cut and sutured.


Physicians
using

the

new Uterine Trainer
may
practice robotic
skills
used
in
myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroid tumors), hysterectomy
(removal of the
uterus) and sacrocolpopexy (correcting vaginal vault prolapse). Ms. Chamberlain
pointed out that
following a practice myomectomy

using the trainer,
the
physician
may
perform a colpotomy (separat
ing

the uterus from the vagina) which is a ski
ll
performed during a
hysterectomy
. T
he remaining vaginal canal may then be
affixed to mesh and a sacrocolpopexy performed by attaching
the mesh
to the
available sacral tissue.


The
Uterine Trainer has a replaceable uterus which permits unlimited practice
.

Ms. Chamberlain noted that w
hile th
e

trainer is
primarily
designed for robotic
skill
training
, it may
also
be utilized for any abdominal approach training
including
laparoscopy.





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Trainers Developed for Intuitiv
e Surgical’s

da Vinci
®

Surgical System


Acc
ording to Ms. Chamberlain,
both the Uterine Trainer
and the
Robotic System
Skills Kit

were developed in direct response to the company’s client, Intuitive
Surgical, Inc.

(Nasdaq:ISRG), a recognized pioneer and leader in robotic
surgery, for training on the
ir da Vinci® Surgical System.

Industry analysts
estimate that
over
1
,
000 da Vinci Systems will be installed in hospitals worldwide
by the end of 2008

and that demand is expected to increase.


In r
obotic surgery
physicians
use

computer
-
assisted surgical ins
trument
ation

yielding greater precision
, dexterity and control, the sum of

which enable
s

e
nhanced

patient safety
,
r
educed blood loss,
l
ess post
-
operative pain and
discomfort,
l
ess risk of infection,
shorter hospital stay, f
aster recovery and
l
ess
scarring

*
.

da Vinci®

Prostatectomy is the

#1 choice for treatment of localized
prostate cancer
*

in the United States and m
edical experts

predict that it will
soon
become the standard of care for h
ysterectomy.

Growth of hysterectomy
procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System is forecast at 150% per year.


Intuitive

Surgical
’s da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with
the ability
to control instruments with
the damping of natural tremors i
n the surgeon’s hand,
the ability to safely manipulate very delicate tissues and a three
-
dimensional,
magnified view of the surgical field all through minimally invasive
ports
in the
body.


Intuitive

Surgical
’s da Vinci Surgical Systems are used by
many
p
hysicians
within
urology, gynecology, cardiothoracic surgery, and general surgery

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Robotic System Skills Kit

Trains On
Surgical Skills


The
Roboti
c System
S
kills
K
it
is comprised of

four
different
components
, each
designed to
help

surgeons
practice
a specific skill

utiliz
ing

t
he

da Vinci
Surgical
System
.


The
Chamberlain

kit

include
s

a
Manipulation Skills Set
, designed to
practice

dexterity in
hand
ling
robotic
surgical
instruments and
manipulating
small
structures; a
D
issection

Skills

P
od

to practice
skills by
moving
through superficial
tissue
la
yers
to expose deep
er

vessels; a
S
uturing

Skills

Pod

designed to
practice

skills by
closure

of linear def
ects
; and a
T
ranse
ction

S
kills
M
odel

that
enhances skills by

carefully
cut
ting
within
very narrow,
defined

boundaries.



Chamberlain’s
Broad Range of Surgical and Procedure Models


The
Chamberlain
Group
designs and builds

models for a broad range of surgic
al
and
interventional

procedures including cardiothoracic, general and
gastrointestinal, reproductive and urological and vascular applications.

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addition to Intuitive, Chamberlain provides

custom

surgical
and training
models
to
over 150

medical device m
anufacturers

and hospitals
and offers over
500
products
it has created and markets.


Ms
.

Chamberlain
pointed out there is a growing demand for
better

training
methods
acr
oss all types of surgical and interventional procedures

and that major
hospitals are b
uilding surgical simulation laboratories
.
Highly accurate,

mimetic

tissue
anatomical trainers
provide a
more realistic and
cost
-
effective
alternative

to traditional training in the operating room, with animals, or with cadavers
, thus

reducing patient risk
and health care costs.



In addition to training surgeons on robotic
skills
, the material
s

are
also used to
train novice resident surgeons learning basic
skills
.


About The Chamberlain Group


The Chamberlain Group, based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
, is the
worldwide leader in the development of custom
anatomical
surgical train
ers
.
Founded in 1999, the company designs and manufactures anatomically accurate
medical models that capture the consistency and response of living tissue.
These models provi
de the best alternative to animals and cadavers for
demonstrating medical devices and teaching new procedures.
The
Chamberlain
Group
’s

models are used for cardiothoracic, vascular, general and
gastrointestinal, reproductive, urological, and pulmonary train
ing. The company
currently works with more than 150 leading medical device manufacturers and
teaching institutions in 40 countries.
www.thecgroup.com


About Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical leads the developm
ent and commercialization of robotic
technology designed to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to
broadest possible base of patients. Intuitive’s products can provide surgeons
with all the clinical and technical capabilities of traditional o
pen surgery while
enabling them to operate through tiny incisions.


Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® Surgical System combines a high definition 3D
visualization for the surgeon along with
the ability to precisely maneuver an
endoscope, and a variety of artic
ulating EndoWrist® Instruments using three
or four robotic arms. All of this combined with an

intuitive, ergonomic
interface
enables
breakthrough surgical capabilities.

By integrating computer
-
enhanced technology with surgeons' technical skills,
Intuitive

Surgical

believes that
the da Vinci
®

Surgical System

enables
surgeons to perform better surgery in a manner never before experienced.
The da Vinci
®

Surgical System seamlessly and directly translates the
surgeon's natural hand, wrist and finger movements on

instrument controls at
the
S
urgeon's
C
onsole outside the patient's body into corresponding micro
-
movements of the instrument tips positioned inside the patient through
tiny
incisions, or ports.



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Intuitive

Surgical
®

da Vinci
®
, da Vinci
®
S, and EndoWrist
®

ar
e trademarks
or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


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