Will U.S. Surgical's Cutting Edge Be Enough?

Marilyn Kusek entered the operating room at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. By breakfast the next day, she was discharged. Two days later, she drove back to the hospital to tell a group of doctors about her successful surgery. The following week, the 49-year-old Stamford (Conn.) nurse was back at work, pulling a 12-hour shift. What's astonishing is that Kusek had undergone a full hysterectomy, an operation that normally requires a minimum of six weeks of painful recovery. Her doctors had used a "minimally invasive" technique in which they made a tiny incision in her body, placed a camera inside, and operated while watching a TV monitor. Surgeons call it laparoscopy, but Kusek has another term: "It's miracle surgery."

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