ISS ORTHODOC System Now Able to Plan
Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. (ISS) (Nasdaq: RDOC; EASDAQ),
a pioneer in medical robotics and the world leader in image-directed,
semi-autonomous robotic products for surgical applications, introduced
a unique software package for planning for Osteotomy surgeries
utilizing its ORTHODOC(R) Presurgical Planning System.
The software package was introduced at the American Academy of
Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting held February 4-6, 1999 in
Osteotomy, in general, is a surgically controlled fracture utilizing
geometrically correct cuts in bones to achieve a more normal joint
alignment. It is believed that tens of thousands of osteotomies
are performed annually. "Osteotomies are typically performed to
relieve pain and also correct for angular deformities which, if
untreated, could lead to non-symmetrical wear of a joint and ultimately
to premature arthritis," said Dr. Ramesh Trivedi, President and
Chief Executive Officer of ISS.
"We developed this software with the help and clinical input
from Richard Santore, M.D., currently President of Western Orthopedic
Association and a clinical professor of orthopedics at UC San
Diego," added Dr. Trivedi.
Commenting on the clinical need and the benefits of this planning
software package, Dr. Santore stated, "Osteotomies are generally
one of the most difficult surgeries to plan due to the variables
of angulation, displacement, offset, and limb-length -- all of
which need to be part of the preoperative plan.
Computer-based planning substantially aids this process. The
ability to plan with a standard 2-D x-ray film from different
sources and adjust for magnification are some of the key features
of this software. The surgeon will now be able to plan for several
iterations of surgeries and assess the possible outcomes."
"With the availability of this planning module, as clinicians,
we will now be able to perform osteotomies more reliably and,
consequently, save young patients from premature total joint replacement
surgeries," added Dr. Santore.
"This software will be made available for clinical investigation
in the U.S. until Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance
is secured. Clearance is anticipated in the second quarter of
this year," concluded Dr. Trivedi.
The Company Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. develops, manufactures,
markets and services computer-controlled, image-directed robotic
products for surgical applications. ISS produces the ROBODOC(R)
Surgical Assistant System (ROBODOC(R)), which is designed for
The ROBODOC(R) System has been used to perform precise total
hip replacement surgeries on more than 3,500 patients worldwide.
ROBODOC is currently being marketed in Europe. NeuroMate(TM),
ISS' neurosurgery product, is the first robotic technology for
use in stereotactic brain surgery. NeuroMate consists of a robotic
arm assembly and a PC-based positioning system. The product interfaces
to popular pre-surgical planning stations, which are offered by
a number of third-party vendors. ISS has installed 10 NeuroMate
systems in the U.S., France and Japan, which have supported neurosurgical
procedures on more than 1,800 patients, to date.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters
discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements
that involve risks and uncertainties, including the timely development
and market acceptance of new products and upgrades to existing
products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and
other risks detailed from time to time in the company's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Note: ROBODOC(R) is registered
trademark of Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. NeuroMate(TM) is
a trademark of Innovative Medical Machines International, S.A.
Source: Integrated Surgical
Systems, Inc. CO: Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc.; The American
Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.