ProPep Nerve Monitoring System™ Used to Identify Nerves Critical to Sexual Function During Robotic-Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery

Real-time Nerve Monitoring for Laparoscopic & Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery

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The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is the only technology that shows me the exact location of this otherwise invisible nerve.

(PRWEB) December 03, 2013

ProPep Surgical, LLC., a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company developing intraoperative nerve monitoring technologies for laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, announced today that Dr. Ruff, at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, used the ProPep Nerve Monitoring System during a robotic-assisted prostatectomy surgery to identify the location of otherwise non-visible somatic nerves known to be critical to erectile function. Dr. Ruff’s work revealed that these nerves could potentially be at risk during prostatectomy surgery because their position within the pelvis is variable and does not always agree with surgeons’ generally acceptable beliefs in regard to their location and proximity to the prostate.    

“For me to give my patients the best chance of erectile recovery after surgery I need to preserve both the traditional nerve bundles and the somatic nerves. The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is the only technology that shows me the exact location of this otherwise invisible nerve,” according to Dr. Ruff. “The ProPep System helps my patients because it helps me as a surgeon make a good operation even better."

Dr. Ruff is one of the most experienced robotic prostatectomy surgeons in Texas. He is a board certified urologist and graduate of The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He is a member of the American Urological Association, the Texas Urological Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society.  He is currently chair of the Robotic Steering Committee for South Austin Medical Center.

About ProPep Surgical, LLC: Established in 2010, ProPep Surgical is a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company developing a system of products (ProPep Nerve Monitoring System) to aid laparoscopic and robotic surgeons in identifying otherwise invisible nerves during minimally invasive surgery. Real time identification of these nerves will allow the surgeons to make a more informed decision about which tissue to selectively preserve or remove during surgery and as a result, potentially reduce the common side effects typically attributed to inadvertent nerve damage during these procedures.


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