Live Webcasts and Webinars on orthopaedic topics.

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

Orthopaedics: Stryker Orthopaedics will sponsor a live webcast of a total knee replacement procedure featuring the new Triathlon Knee System, direct from the Advances in Surgical Technology meeting in New York City on December 3, 2004 from 1:00 – 1:45PM EST. This webcast event is an opportunity for surgeons to gain a practical understanding of how the Triathlon Knee System was designed for natural knee motion. The efficiency, flexibility and orthonomic design of Triathlon's new instrumentation will be highlighted during the procedure. The total knee procedure will feature a cruciate retaining TKA performed by Kirby D. Hitt, MD, Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple, TX. Steven F. Harwin, MD, FACS, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, will moderate the procedure from the Advances in Surgical Technology meeting in NYC. The Triathlon Knee System incorporates features designed to provide benefits to surgeons, OR staff and patients. View Webcast

Orthopaedics: St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN will webcast its first Dual Incision Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery with the Stryker Navigation system on November 16, 2004, at 4:30pm EST. Dr. Joseph P. Nessler, St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, will perform the surgery. Dr. Frank R. Kolisek, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, will moderate the procedure. The combination of a dual incision minimally invasive procedure with the electronic imaging of navigation is redefining the world of total hip replacement. A surgical procedure is successful when a surgeon achieves the right combination of implant, technique and patient. The dual incision approach in this procedure is not only muscle sparing, but also minimizes trauma to soft tissue and may allow patients to rehabilitate faster. Dr. Kolisek will help participating surgeons better understand patient selection criteria for minimally invasive procedures and how they should approach minimally invasive surgery as opposed to traditional hip replacement surgery. View Webcast

Orthopaedics: Live Debate: "Wear Matters" An Orthopaedic Webinar Brought to you by your Educational Partner, Stryker Orthopaedics. This a live program designed to help orthopaedic surgeons better understand contemporary bearings technologies in total hip and knee replacements. Leading surgeons and scientists will be on hand to help orthopaedic surgeons improve their understanding of patient selection issues with respect to enhanced polyethylene, metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-ceramic technologies. Join our distinguished faculty for this live debate at 4:30 pm EDT featuring Jim, D'Antonio, MD, William Hozack, MD, Steven Kurtz, Ph.D. The virtual seminar will be moderated by Michael Manely, Ph.D. View Webcast

Spine Surgery: See Surgeons Perform A Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Procedure in Live Webcast at 3:00 pm EST (19:00 UTC). Back pain may result from the degenerative changes that occur to the lumbar spine as people age or from a traumatic injury. It is a common reason why the average person may take a day off work or avoid physical activity. Surgeons at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital are now performing an innovative spinal fusion to eliminate the debilitating discomfort for back pain suffers. View Webcast

Orthopaedics: One of the most common reasons for shoulder pain in people over 40 is a tear of the rotator cuff. In young patients, this may occur from a traumatic injury or overuse as in the case of professional athletes. The rotator cuff is made up of the shoulder muscles and tendons that allow a person to reach overhead and perform activities like swimming or swinging a golf club. Peter Barnett, MD is one of only a few physicians in Connecticut trained to perform an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. This innovative minimally invasive technique reduces pain and offers faster recovery than traditional surgery. Dr. Barnett will perform the procedure during a live webcast on October 14, 2004, at 6:00 pm EDT from Hartford Hospital. View Webcast

Orthopaedics: Bone Conserving Humeral Resurfacing Head. Watch this live minimally invasive replacement implant surgery performed by David Bailie, M.D. Chairman, Orthopaedic Surgery, Scottsdale Healthcare at 8 am MST (11 am EDT / 8 am PDT / 1500 UTC). Unlike a total shoulder implant, this implant is designed to cap only the top of the humerus. The implant requires less bone and cartilage removal, which makes it much more conservative than total joint implants. The implant's design allows patients to potentially recover more quickly and with less pain, and is ideal for the younger or active older patient. View Webcast

Orthopaedics: Spinal Stenosis. The University of Maryland Medical Center will present a live webcast of lumbar decompression and spinal fusion surgery at 5:30 pm EDT (2130 UTC). The surgery will be performed to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on nerves in the back, and a related condition involving slippage of the vertebrae known as spondylolisthesis. Both conditions cause pain and weakness in the lower back and legs, and many patients have difficulty in walking. View Webcast

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