For Immediate Release

October 31, 2006

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


Curtis Fell of Fort Worth, a savvy IT Consultant and a technology buff, has spent his career troubleshooting in the high-tech world of Internet technology and thought he was well aware of all the newest technology that was available to consumers. But when his recent cardiac catheterization failed and his doctor told he would require open-heart surgery to repair a 95% blockage, he took a leap of faith and scoured the Internet in hopes to finding another option for himself.

To Fell's astonishment, his search introduced him to the technology of Robocab, a procedure he had never heard of before. His surgeon in Fort Worth had offered him only one solution: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) otherwise known as open-heart surgery. Robocab was the alternative he had only dreamed he would find.

"My heart sank when I was told I would need a CABG, I was deathly afraid of this procedure," says Fell, a 45-year-old father of three.

Fell had every reason to be afraid as his father had undergone the CABG procedure six years before and suffered a stroke while undergoing the surgery. His father is now paralyzed on the left side of his body from the stroke. Fell feared being put on a heart/lung pump and having his chest cracked opened, standard procedures with open-heart surgery.

Amazingly enough Fell would only have to travel just three hours away to Tyler, Texas to have his robot-assisted surgery. His search had led him to one of the nation's leading cardiac surgeons, William F. Turner, MD, with Trinity Mother Frances Health System. There he found the world's most advanced robotic surgical technology, the da Vinci system, the minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery he has desperately hoped to find.

With traditional surgery, recovery time usually runs approximately 8 to 12 weeks. With Robot Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass surgery, Fell was able to return to his home in Fort Worth just three days after having his procedure and will be able to return to work within three weeks.

"I knew I fit the criteria for having a robot assisted bypass and I'm sure if others other who fit the criteria knew about this option, they would want robo surgery over traditional CABG," says Mr. Fell. "A lot of people would benefit from this surgery if they only knew about it."

Center for Advanced Surgery and Technology (CASAT) at Trinity Mother Frances Health System has been designated a Center of Excellence by Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic surgery system. For more information about CASAT at TMFHS, visit www.casattexas.org.

Center for Advanced Surgery and Technology

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