Live Webcasts and Webinars on orthopaedic topics.

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

Orthopedics: Surgeons at Morristown Memorial Hospital will perform a not-so-widely used minimally invasive hip replacement technique live over the Internet. The broadcast will take place Friday, June 18 at 2 p.m. EDT / 1800 UTC. The procedure, a 2-incision total hip replacement surgery, allows the surgeon to remove a damaged hip and replace it with plastic or metal implants through two small incisions rather than the traditional 12-inch opening. View Webcast

Neurosurgical: Methodist University Hospital presents herniated disc repair using MicroDiscectomy technique known as the METRx system, a minimal access process with incisions smaller than a dime. See this live at 4:00 pm CDT (21:00 UTC). Annually, more than 250,000 Americans undergo surgery to remove or repair herniated discs, a leading cause of back pain. While this type of operation eventually can improve function, recovery time has traditionally proven to be painful and last several weeks. However, a new MicroDiscectomy technique known as the METRx system allows surgeons to repair debilitating herniated discs using a minimal access process, with incisions smaller than a dime. View Webcast

Orthopedics: Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. will broadcast the first-ever live surgical Webcast in the Mid-South on Thursday, May 20 at 4 p.m. CDT (21:00 UTC). Bret Sokoloff, M.D. with Memphis Orthopaedic Group will perform an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, while narration and commentary will be provided by John Lochemes, M.D., also with Memphis Orthopaedic Group. Rotator cuff repairs are one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain in people over 40, but it is not necessarily a plight of just the middle-aged. View Webcast

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