September 26, 2007 19:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Technological Advances in Complex Head and Neck Surgery: Presentation Demonstrates the Application of Harmonic™ Technology in Head and Neck Surgery

Live Webcast: From Durham, NC September 26, 2007 3:00 pm PDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 5:00 pm CDT, 6:00 pm EDT (22:00 UTC)

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - September 26, 2007) - On September 26, 2007, at 6:00 pm EDT, join surgeons Richard Scher, MD, FACS and Phillip K. Pelliterri, DO, FACS in a live Internet presentation of the technological advances in complex head and neck surgery using Harmonic™ technology. Drs. Scher and Pellitteri will demonstrate demonstrate neck dissections, glossectomy, and submandibular gland excision.

Neck Dissection

Neck dissection for resection of metastatic disease to the cervical lymph nodes is necessary for therapeutic and prognostic reasons in a majority of patients with primary malignancy of the upper aerodigestive tract and thyroid gland, and selectively in metastasis from other malignancies. The resection of the lymphatic compartments of the neck, whether done as a complete or selective lymphadenectomy, can be enhanced with Harmonic™ technology. The presentation will review the types of neck dissections and indications for using the technology. The program will also demonstrate the exposure and resection of the neck contents through routine incisions and techniques for preserving normal tissues while dealing with the vascular and lymphatic structures using Harmonic™ energy.


Resection of part or all of the tongue is required for primary malignancy of the tongue whether from squamous cell carcinoma, most commonly, or other malignancy. The vascular nature of the tongue mucosa and musculature requires application of hemostatic techniques for safe resection and adequate healing. The presentation will demonstrate how Harmonic™ energy provides hemostatic control during glossectomy, a partial glossectomy, and a neck dissection procedure.

Submandibular Gland Excision

Resection of the submandibular gland is commonly undertaken for excision of the chronically infected gland or due to obstruction of the submandibular duct by sialolithiasis (salivary stones). Resection of the gland is also frequently performed in conjunction with neck dissection for treatment of metastatic disease. Safe and effective gland resection requires hemostatic control of branches from the facial and linqual arteries and veins, and preservation of the linqual and hypoglossal nerves and submandibular ganglion. The program will demonstrate how to use Harmonic™ energy to achieve resection of the submandibular gland.

The September 26 live Internet broadcast will originate from Durham, NC. During the program viewers may email questions directly to the surgeons, which will provide for a dynamic clinical interchange between the audience and presenters.


   Richard L. Scher, MD FACS
   Duke University Medical Center
   Durham, NC

   Phillip K. Pelliterri, DO, FACS
   Geisinger Medical Center
   Danville, PA

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 device.

This presentation is the work of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

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