SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.
December 12, 2007 16:44 ET
ORLive Presents: Advances in Parotidectomy and Thyroidectomy Surgery; Presentation Demonstrates the Application of Harmonic® Technology
Live Webcast: From University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 6:00 pm CST
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - On December 11, 2007, at 6:00 pm CST join
surgeons Randal S. Weber, MD, FACS, and Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD, FACS, in
a live Internet presentation on www.OR-Live.com of techniques using
Harmonic® technology for superficial parotidectomy, open
thyroidectomy, and video-assisted thyroidectomy.
During the hour-long webcast, Dr. Weber will present a superficial
parotidectomy including facial nerve identification and atraumatic
dissection. The technique for superficial parotidectomy is well
established with the outcome of disease removal and facial nerve function
due in part to the skill and experience of the operative surgeon. Meticulous
hemostasis is critical to the successful identification and effective
dissection of a facial nerve. The program will demonstrate how a
Harmonic® instrument assisted parotidectomy provides hemostasis without
the transmission of electrical energy to the facial nerve, which may occur
The presentation will include a didactic portion that reviews the
demographics, histopathologic spectrum, and treatment guidelines for salivary gland
tumors of the parotid gland. The webcast will
also review the role of neck dissection and adjuvant
radiation therapy for malignant parotid tumors.
Open and Video-assisted Thyroidectomy
Dr. Clayman will demonstrate the use of the Harmonic FOCUS™ for both open
and video-assisted thyroidectomy. The presentation will show dissections
with the instrument for both cutting and hemostasis for vessels up to 5mm
in diameter. In both procedures, the instrument eliminates the need for
suture ligatures, as well as vascular clips.
The December 11th live Internet broadcast will originate from The
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. During the
program, viewers may email questions directly to the surgeons, which will
provide for a dynamic clinical interchange between the audience and
This presentation may include demonstration of the use of surgical devices;
it is not intended to be used as a surgical training guide. Other surgeons
may employ different techniques. Individual surgeon preference and
experience, as well as patient needs, should always dictate variation in
procedure steps. Before using any medical device, including those
demonstrated or referenced in this presentation, review all relevant
package inserts, with particular attention to the indications,
contraindications, warnings and precautions, and steps for use of the
This presentation is the work of the author and may not necessarily reflect
the views of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
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thyroid cancer and view a program preview.