Live Webcasts and Webinars on orthopaedic topics.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Foot ulcers, which are casually referred to as foot sores or foot blisters, are a common problem in diabetic foot care. See a live sugical demonstation, product technical overview and discussion on Medicare reimbursement for GRAFTJACKET® Ulcer Repair Matrix at 7 pm CT (00:00 UTC) from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMGI), a global orthopaedic medical device company, is pleased to sponsor a live webcast covering diabetic foot ulcer treatment utilizing the Company's GRAFTJACKET® Ulcer Repair Matrix. The live webcast will take place Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time The event will also be archived on this site for twelve months.

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Orthopaedics: Presbyterian Hospital will feature a Zimmer MIS Anterolateral Hip Procedure in a live webcat at 4:00 PM MT / 6:00 PM ET (22:00 UTC). The procedure is a muscle sparing approach to total hip arthroplasty. The 6-10 cm incision courses between the glutei and the tensor fascia lata muscles directly to the hip capsule. This intermuscular interval through a small incision provides good exposure for total hip replacement and preserves muscle integrity so that rehabilitation may be rapid and the posterior capsule can remain intact, easing concerns about posterior dislocation. Among the goals of this minimally invasive technique are shorter hospital stays, lower blood loss, and a more cosmetically appealing surgical scar.  

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On Friday, September 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. CDT) Stryker Orthopaedics will present a live Webcast of a Total Hip Arthroplasty featuring the Accolade ® Hip System with New Expanded Size Options direct from the Surgical Decisions and Advancements Meeting in Chicago. The Webcast will provide an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of how the Accolade Hip System provides a balance of improved range of motion and enhanced patient quality of live. The procedure will show how the standard and extended offset options allow the surgeon to enhance soft tissue tensioning without significantly affecting leg length. The goal is to enhance patient quality of life by improving joint stability and range of motion.  

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Orthopaedics: Dr. David Harwood will perform a Computer-Assisted Hip Replacement Surgery. See this live at 2:00 PM EDT (18:00 UTC). Because a patient's bone arrangements are specific to the individual and can change during surgery, a computer is used to constantly keep track of critical information such as the position of the patient's leg and pelvis to help ensure the surgeon accurately inserts the implant. A more accurate placement of the implant ensures better outcomes for the patient. This procedure is also less invasive, which means smaller scarring, less physical therapy and a quicker return to normal activities for the patient. View Webcast

Knee Surgery: Virtual reality is aiding orthopaedic surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in replacing arthritis-stricken single compartments of a knee without the patient having to endure a long surgery and recovery involved with a total knee replacement. Computer-assisted, partial knee replacement makes it easier for orthopaedic surgeons to replace diseased sections of the knee without performing a total knee replacement, said Peter F. Sharkey, M.D., associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.  

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Orthopaedics: Vanderbilt University Medical Center presents a minimally-invasive, two-incision hip replacement surgery in a live webcast at 4:00 pm CDT. One of the main reasons patients opt to forgo hip replacement surgery is the pain associated with recovery. But now Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a revolutionary minimally-invasive procedure that is changing patients' perceptions, and offering a much faster recovery.

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Knee: Total Knee Arthroplasty Featuring the new Vanguard ™ Knee System from Biomet, Inc. ® On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 at 7pm EST (00:00 UTC / 8:00 am China 23.3.05),witness Adolph Lombardi, Jr., MD, FACS, perform a total knee replacement using the new Vanguard™ Complete Knee System with innovative Premier™ instrumentation from Biomet Orthopedics, Inc Beginning with the AGC®, and continuing with the Maxim® and Ascent™, Biomet's total knee systems have a rich clinical heritage. With the introduction of the Vanguard™ Complete Knee System, Biomet has taken this proven clinical heritage and combined it with state-of-the-art design features to produce the most comprehensive total knee system available today.

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Fabien D. Bitan, MD will perform a New Procedure for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease called Total Disc Replacement with SB Charite Artificial Disc on January 26, 2005. Americans work hard and play hard, and as a result, more than 75 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Young people push their bodies at the gym and on the fields and baby boomers are opting to continue being active as they get older. As a result of this trend and emerging medical technology, joint replacement surgeries of the knee and hip have become commonplace, yet many people live with and tolerate back pain. These back pain sufferers now have a revolutionary new treatment option. An emerging type of spinal surgery, called total disc replacement, has shown great promise in clinical trials and has recently gained full FDA approval for a prosthetic disc used in the procedure. Total disc replacement, used for treatment of degenerative disc disease, involves removing the deteriorated disc from between the vertebrae and implanting an artificial disc made of metal and plastic. The SB Charite Artificial Disc was one of the most popular artificial discs among European spinal surgeons, who have been using several of these prosthetic discs on their patients since the 1980s, resulting in pain relief and restored mobility for thousands of patients. View Webcast

Spinal surgery: Medical professionals and consumers worldwide may watch as expert spinal surgeon Vivek P. Kushwaha, M.D., demonstrates an innovative, effective surgical procedure to treat severe, chronic back pain during a live, global webcast at 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (23:30 UTC) on Monday,Dec. 13. The surgery, which will be performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, is a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), an effective option that can be safer than more traditional spinal surgeries. "We have performed more than 200 TLIF procedures to treat spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease, and to correct failed back surgery," Dr. Kushwaha said. "Because of the high fusion rates and good clinical outcomes from these patients, we have found the TLIF procedure to be the most effective technique in managing these complex spinal problems." Sixty to 90 percent of the population will experience lower back pain. TLIF enjoys a high success rate because it supports and generates bone growth on both sides of the spine. The Webcast program is second in a series sponsored by Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and affords medical professionals and consumers the opportunity to view cutting-edge surgical procedures live on the Internet from anywhere in the world. View Webcast

Baltimore, MD- Sinai Hospital will host a live webcast featuring a Minimally Invasive Total Hip with Large Metal-on-Metal Articulation on December 7, 2004 at 6:00pm (EST) The Procedure will be performed by Dr. Barry Waldman, Director, Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement, and moderated by Dr. Sridhar Durbhakula both from the Rubin Institute for advanced Orthopaedics. This minimally invasive joint arthroplasty offers many benefits to the patient, including a smaller incision, less pain and less recovery time. A large head metal-on-metal articulation will assist the surgeon with providing a very stable joint while addressing the demand for a strong, less wear articulation. The surgery is performed to replace a degenerative hip joint that has become worn out as a result of arthritis, causing the patient intolerable pain. View Webcast

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