May 23 2006 - TMFHS TO HOST LIVE WEB BROADCAST

Press Release - May 23, 2006
TMFHS TO HOST LIVE WEB BROADCAST


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2006


FOR MORE INFORMATION
John Moore
Media Relations
903-531-4542

TMFHS TO HOST LIVE WEB BROADCAST
OF ROBOTIC PROCEDURE

TYLER, TX— On June 8 at 6 p.m. Central Time, Andrew Kirkpatrick, MD, a urologist with Trinity Mother Frances Health System, will utilize robotics to help a patient fight prostate cancer during a live Webcast from Mother Frances Hospital’s Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology (CASAT). Robert Frederick, MD, Trinity Clinic Urology will assist Dr. Kirkpatrick with the procedure.

The procedure will be broadcast free of charge around the world via OR Live’s Website at www.orlive.com.

Prostate cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among men.
Dr.Kirkpatrick will perform the procedure using one of CASAT’s three da Vinci® Robotic Surgical Systems.

Trinity Mother Frances Health System is the only location in the region to offer da Vinci.

The robot-assisted prostatectomy is a less invasive surgical procedure that significantly reduces the side effects of traditional prostate surgery. The system does not work independently. It allows the surgeon to maneuver in very small spaces with greater range of motion and more precision than ever before.

“Through advances in technology like the da Vinci system, many urological procedures can now be performed using minimally invasive techniques, reducing the need for pain medication and speeding recovery, so patients can return to normal activities faster and experience fewer complications,” said Dr. Kirkpatrick.

For more information on the Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology, visit www.casattexas.org. Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 34 clinic locations serving east Texas.


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