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ST. LOUIS, Aug. 4, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Imagine cancer surgery with barely a scar to show for it. For the first time in the world, Washington University surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (http://barnesjewish.org/) removed a large kidney cancer through a single incision at the patient's belly button. The world's first single incision robotic surgery (SIRS) was performed August 1 using the da Vinci(r) Surgical System in a two and a half hour procedure to remove a patient's kidney and a tumor measured at 12 centimeters - about twice the size of the kidney itself.
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