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Covidien's Tour Brings Ground-Breaking Surgical Procedures to Northside Hospital

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 General News J E 4
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ATLANTA, June 15 Covidien, a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions, will offer a hands-on experience for media professionals as it trains surgeons, residents and staff on Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) with its pioneering products and procedures when the company brings its mobile training center to Northside Hospital on June 17-18.

Fifteen-year-old medical prodigy Tony Hansberry, who perfected his SILS technique in 2009 during a two-day session through the University of Florida, will be on hand Thursday, June 17, to demonstrate his innovation. His method simplifies the closure stitching after a hysterectomy and reduces the risk of complications that sometimes arise after a hysterectomy. Other procedures also will be demonstrated.

Journalists and photographers can join Hansberry's friends and classmates Adam Olsen and Zoe Sieber as they observe surgeons on Thursday or up to noon on Friday in the 85-foot tractor-trailer's state-of-the-art operating rooms. The students and doctors who visit the mobile center will learn the latest post-surgical stitching techniques with Covidien's specially designed instruments that make it possible.

Sieber personifies the commitment Covidien holds to increasing the number of women in specialty practices by offering training and other support to women in medicine. The innovative laparoscopic techniques to be demonstrated in the Covidien mobile training center proportionally benefit more women than men. The techniques that media can observe during the training sessions in the mobile center's state-of-the-art operating rooms help make these internal surgeries safer and recovery faster with less scarring.

Currently in the 10th grade, these students attend the first magnet school for medicine in the country Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Northside surgeons Dr. Ceana Nezhat and Dr. John Daly, who have used SILS also will be available for interviews at the site.

For more about Covidien, please visit www.covidien.com.

For more about Northside Hospital, please visit www.northside.com

WHO: Covidien-Leading global healthcare products company 85-foot tractor-trailer with state-of-the-art operating rooms to demonstrate and train surgeons, residents, nurses, and medical students on Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery WHAT: (SILS). WHERE: Northside Hospital (1000 Johnson Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342) WHEN: All day June 17th and until noon on June 18th, 2010 To schedule an interview, please contact Courtney Carney at courtney@newaboa.com or 404.659.0919

SOURCE Covidien; Northside Hospital
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