Live Webcasts and Webinars on orthopaedic topics.

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

Total Knee Replacement: On Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 4:30 pm EDT, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) will host a live Webcast in which participants can view an emerging procedure designed to help improve the quality of life of many who suffer from severe knee arthritis and other knee damage that impairs mobility. During this Webcast, BWH doctors will perform a minimally invasive rotating platform total knee replacement (TKR), a less invasive operative approach to traditional TKR surgery. View Webcast

The Rush Cartilage Restoration Center in Chicago presents a Web cast produced for physicians and other health care professionals to learn about cartilage restoration of the knee The program features three surgical procedures and interviews with patients of cartilage restoration, researchers in the field, and other nationally known cartilage surgeons. View Webcast

Orthopedics: The Chicago Cartilage Course, a comprehensive two-day course on cartilage repair, will be held starting Friday, May 7 at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. The course will provide an update on the clinical management and surgical techniques for cartilage repair and is designed for orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, including fellows and residents, as well as physical therapists and athletic trainers. View live surgical webcast demonstrations beginning at 9:45 am CDT (14:45 UTC) featuring allograft meniscus transplantation, autologous chondrocyte implantation and osteochondral allograft, performed by Brian Cole, MD, director of the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center; Jack Farr, MD, director of the Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana, Indiana University; Wayne Gersoff, MD, clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver; and Riley Williams, MD, assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. View Webcast

Orthopedics: See a "Minimally Invasive Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty" in a live webcast on March 23, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. EST from the Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton, Georgia. The surgical presentation will demonstrate the latest evolution in TKR techniques using smaller instruments to allow smaller incisions. Jim Scott, MD, founder and president of the Georgia Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic will perform the surgery and Keith Berends, MD, from the Joint Implant Surgeons in Columbus, Ohio will moderate the program. This activity is sponsored by the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (CCOE). UMDNJ-CCOE designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. View Webcast

Spine Surgery: Millions of people suffer from pain in their necks or arms. A common cause of cervical pain is a rupture or herniation of one or more of the cervical discs. This happens when the annulus of the disc tears and the soft nucleus squeezes out. As a result, pressure is placed on the nerve root or the spinal cord and causes pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and sometimes the hands. Cervical disc herniations can occur as a result of aging, wear and tear, or sudden stress like from an accident. An anterior cervical discectomy is the most common surgical procedure to treat damaged cervical discs. Its goal is to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or on the spinal cord by removing the ruptured disc. Watch neurosurgeons at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee perform this surgery live at 12:00 Noon C.S.T. View Webcast

Painfully worn-out hips are a by-product of diseases such as osteoarthris, rheumatoid arthritis, and congenital anormalities of the hip joint. One of the wonders of modern medicine was the development of a hip replacement procedure in which the old ball and socket are replaced with artificial (metal and plastic) components, eliminating pain and allowing sufferers to walk with ease again. Watch Dr. Steven Schutzer perform a "mini hip replacement" live from Hartford Hospital, December 3rd, 6:00 pm EST. View Webcast

Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement surgery, combined with a single radius knee design has demonstrated a higher level of patient satisfaction when compared to conventional techniques. Watch Peter Bonutti, MD, FACS perform this surgery live from Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois on November 24, 2003 at 3:30 PM EST. View Webcast

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