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University of Iowa News Release

April 8, 2005

Community Program To Focus On Robotic Surgery

The uses and advantages of robotically assisted surgery will be the focus of the next "Health For Your Lifetime" program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Sponsored by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, this program is free and open to the public. Jeffrey Everett, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of surgery, and Howard N. Winfield, M.D., UI professor of urology, will present the program.

Known as the da Vinci robotic surgical system, this highly advanced technology allows a surgeon to perform intricate and delicate operations. The doctor sits at a computer console that offers a three-dimensional view of the area to be treated with magnification up to 12 times that of normal vision.

The surgeon uses joystick-like controls to manipulate tiny surgical instruments (one to two centimeters long) that are inserted through small incisions in the patient. The advantages include quicker recovery and healing times, reduced postoperative pain and less tissue damage during surgery.

This program will focus on how doctors at UI Hospitals and Clinics are using this new precise technology for surgeries, including:

-- Mitral valve replacements

-- Urological procedures, including radical prostatectomy

-- Surgeries of the abdomen, pelvis and chest

-- Surgical removal of uterine fibroids

Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, or for more information, go to, or call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,