November 4, 2002

For Immediate Release

High-Growth Endoscopy Markets Re-Emerging, According to MedMarkets

 FOOTHILL RANCH, CA, – Select endoscopy markets are exhibiting high growth rates following their ability to prove their clinical experience, among these urological, gynecological, bariatric and spinal surgeries, according to the October issue of MedMarkets.  While the endoscopic alternative to open surgery has been clearly over-marketed in the not too distant past, recent clinical evidence has supported growth in the more routine use of endoscopy in select applications where endo is penetrating established treatments.  “The market that is showing one of the highest growth rates in this respect is that of endoscopic spine surgery, due to the highly invasive alternative of open spine surgery, with endoscopy’s growth in the short run exceeding 50% annually,” said Patrick J. Driscoll, publisher of MedMarkets.

 Clinicians are readily adopting endoscopy for other procedures such as in bariatric surgery; arthroscopy of the hip, knee, shoulder and spine; prostate resection and treatment of BPH; kidney stone fragmentation/removal; endometrial ablation and hysterectomy; hernia repair and appendectomy; colonic procedures; and the hallmark endo procedure, laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  Leading companies by segment include:

 - Urology/BPH: Karl Storz, Olympus America, Richard Wolf, ArgoMed, Indigo Medical/Ethicon, Celsion, EDAP Technomed, Urologix, ProstaLund, TherMatrix, Medtronic, American Medical Systems, Focus Surgery, Laserscope, Endocare, Galil Medical, Lumenis, Gyrus Medical, Dornier MedTech, ATI Medical, Imagyn Medical Technologies, International Brachytherapy, Mentor, and Amersham.

 - Gynecology: Lumenis, Conceptus, CryoGen, BEI Medical Systems/Boston Scientific, Imagyn Medical Technologies, Ethicon, U.S. Surgical, Novacept, Gynecare, Microsulis, and ImPres Medical.

 - Gastrointestinal/Bariatric: Applied Medical, Smith & Nephew, Ethicon, Weck/Teleflex, Richard Wolf, Karl Storz, Ethicon, Olympus, Stryker, U.S. Surgical, Vista Medical Technologies, Aesculap, Intuitive Surgical, Inamed Health, and Pilling Surgical.

 - Orthopedics/Spine: Endius, Clarus Medical, Smith & Nephew/Oratec Interventions, Arthrocare, Radionics, Karl Storz, Stryker, Aesculap, Carl Zeiss, Zimmer, Richard Wolf, Koros Surgical Instruments, Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Trimedyne, NuVasive, Spinal Concepts, DePuy, Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, and Kyphon.

 The dynamic dental implant market is also assessed in the October issue of MedMarkets. This market is expected to sustain a 20% CAGR over the next 10 years.  Over 30 are companies involved in the dental implants market.

 MedMarkets, published by MedMarket Diligence, analyzes developments in medical technology--medical devices, equipment and supplies as well as biomaterials, biotech, pharmaceutical, e-health and others. The company also publishes dedicated market/technology reports, and provides other information solutions.  For more information, contact Patrick Driscoll at (949) 859-3401, email, or visit http://www.mediligence.com.

 Contact: Patrick Driscoll, (949) 859-3401.