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UPDATE 2-Intuitive Surgical benefits from rise in surgeries

(Adds conference call details, updates shares)

* Q3 EPS, revenue beats estimates

* Raises forecast for growth in surgeries

* Shares rise nearly 8 pct

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Intuitive Surgical Inc, which makes robotic equipment to assist in surgeries, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, benefiting from increasing use of its flagship da Vinci systems and a lower tax rate.

The company also said it expects its equipment will be used in more surgeries this year than it had forecast earlier, helping send its shares up nearly 8 percent in extended trading on Tuesday.

Intuitive's da Vinci systems, which assists primarily in minimally invasive gynecological and urological surgeries, was used in 15 percent more surgeries globally in the third quarter than a year earlier, the...


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