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OR-Live, Inc.

April 20, 2009 12:31 ET

Interactive Surgical Webcast: Awake Craniotomy

April 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM CDT From Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, TN

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Methodist University Hospital (MUH) will become the first hospital in the Mid-South to broadcast an Awake Craniotomy when it hosts an interactive surgical webcast on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The webcast, which can be viewed at 4 pm (CDT), will feature neurosurgeon Allen K. Sills, Jr., M.D., and L. Madison Michael II, M.D., in concert with the Mid-South's only team qualified to execute this highly complex brain surgery. You can view and participate in the webcast by visiting, or by clicking

Your questions about the procedure, submitted via e-mail, can be answered live from 4 pm-5 pm (CDT).

An awake craniotomy is necessary when a tumor is present in a portion of the brain that controls a critical function such as speech, sensation or motor movement. (In June 2008, Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy underwent a highly publicized awake craniotomy at Duke University Hospital.) The procedure lasts approximately four hours. The patient is under full sedation until the neurosurgeon reaches the brain. At this time, the patient is brought to consciousness to communicate with the neurosurgeon to ensure no critical structures controlling speech or movement are affected. The patient is asked to speak and to move his or her fingers so the neurosurgeon knows which areas of the brain not to disturb. While the tumor is being removed, patients do not feel any pain because the brain is not a pain-sensitive structure. An awake craniotomy requires less anesthesia; therefore patients recover much more quickly than from other types of brain surgery. In fact, patients typically return home in three to four days. In this particular webcast, the patient, a 42-year-old mother, was able to talk to her family immediately after the procedure while she was still in the operating room.

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OR-Live is the world's leading surgical broadcasting company. Working collaboratively with hospitals and device manufacturers, OR-Live produces customized, interactive, video programs that demonstrate the latest surgical techniques and product innovations. The OR-Live broadcasting network provides an intimate look at over 650 live and on-demand surgeries to a global audience, streaming over 40,000 hours of programming each month. The OR-Live network can be found on-line at

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