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Intuitive Surgical Reports New Employee Option Grants for March 2013

Intuitive Surgical Reports New Employee Option Grants for March 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
(Nasdaq:ISRG) today reported that equity awards approved by the Compensation
Committee of the Board of Directors, which consists entirely of Independent
Directors, were made to 56 new employees. Pursuant to NASDAQ Marketplace Rule
5635(c)(4), the equity awards were granted under the Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
2009 Commencement Incentive Plan, which the Board of Directors of Intuitive
Surgical, Inc. adopted for the granting of equity awards to new employees. In
accordance with NASDAQ rules, these grants were made under an equity incentive
plan without shareholder approval. NASDAQ rules require a public announcement
of equity awards to be made under this type of plan. 56 employees were granted
options to purchase an aggregate of 15,092 shares of the Company's common
stock. The options vest over four years and expire in 10 years assuming
continued employment. No officers received any award under this plan. The
exercise price for the option shares granted is $513.18 which was the closing
price of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.'s common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market
as such price was reported by NASDAQ on March 7, 2013. The Company's policy is
to issue stock option grants to new employees on the fifth business day of
every calendar month. This announcement complies with the applicable NASDAQ
rule requiring disclosure of such an inducement grant.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Nasdaq:ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale,
California, is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally
invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets
robotic technologies designed to improve clinical outcomes and help patients
return more quickly to active and productive lives. The Company's mission is
to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible
base of patients. Intuitive Surgical - Taking surgery beyond the limits of the
human hand™.

About the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® System is a breakthrough surgical platform designed to enable
complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci® System
consists of an ergonomic surgeon console, a patient-side cart with four
interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary
EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic and computer
technology, the da Vinci® System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly
translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the
EndoWrist® instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with
breakthrough surgical capabilities. By providing surgeons with superior
visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort,
the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform
minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction.
This ultimately has the potential to raise the standard of care for complex
surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits, including
less pain, a shorter recovery and quicker return to normal daily activities.

Intuitive®, da Vinci®, da Vinci S®, da Vinci® Si™, InSite® and EndoWrist® are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

For more information, please visit the company's web site at
www.intuitivesurgical.com.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

CONTACT: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
         Investor Relations
         408-523-2161
 
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