Spine: Over 700,000 vertebral compression fractures – broken spinal
bones - occur annually in the United States. Many of these fractures
result from untreated osteoporosis, and vertebral fractures can cause
severe pain for nearly a third of people with the condition. On
Wednesday, June 7, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint
Joseph's Hospital will discuss a leading surgical treatment for spinal
compression fractures called percutaneous vertebroplasty. The program,
featuring a pre-taped surgery of a vertebral compression fracture
patient, will be webcast from 4 – 5 p.m. central standard time. (21:00
UTC) Expert commentary about the procedure will be provided by Fergus
McKiernan, MD, metabolic bone disease specialist; Thomas Faciszewski,
MD, orthopaedic surgeon; and Sanjay Rao, MD, neurological surgeon.
The knee is the largest, strongest and heaviest joint in the body and
carries almost half of the body's weight. If arthritis, injury or
wear-and-tear wears away the cartilage in the knee, total knee
replacement often becomes necessary to relieve pain and resume regular
Orthopedic surgeon, Timothy Schultz, MD, will perform the procedure
while T. Scott Stanwyck, MD, orthopedic surgeon, serves as moderator to
explain the procedure and answer questions that viewers e-mail.
During a total knee replacement, plastic and metal parts are used to
replace injured or damaged parts of the knee. Until now, a doctor had
to rely on his or her experience to remove bone, replace it with
implanted material and align the plastic or metal material with the
bone. Since each patient's knee is different, this can prove to be
challenging. Computer-assisted knee replacements offer better outcomes
for patients and more accuracy for doctors.
In addition to watching Dr. Lynch perform the live knee
replacement surgery, viewers will learn more about total knee
replacement surgery and hear from a patient who has undergone total
knee replacement surgery with Dr. Lynch as their surgeon. Viewers will
also be able to email questions to the surgeon who is narrating the
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