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OR-Live, Inc.

April 27, 2009 10:47 ET

Live Surgical Webcast: Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

April 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM EDT From Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE

NEWARK, DE--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - On April 30 at 5 p.m. EDT, Christiana Care Health System will webcast on OR-Live minimally invasive parathyroidectomy performed by Dr. Raafat Abdel-Misih. This procedure not only removes the enlarged parathyroid gland that is the cause of the disease; it incorporates a laboratory procedure that allows the surgeon to verify that the operation was successful while the patient is still in the operating room, which makes the entire process easier on the patient.

Hyperparathyroidism is a common disease that can cause depression or chronic fatigue, kidney stones and even osteoporosis. It is also a disease for which a focused surgical treatment -- called a parathyroidectomy -- has dramatic, almost instant results.

"By measuring the patient's hormone level immediately after the surgery, we know almost instantly that we have successfully removed all of the growth that was causing the symptoms," said Dr. Abdel-Misih. "This prevents a situation where we would have to bring the patient back into the operating room and redo the procedure." Most patients are able to go home within hours after the surgery, and the results are often dramatic.

"Groans, stones, moans and bones. That's what we traditionally teach medical students when diagnosing hyperparathyroidism," said Dr. Michael Rhodes, Chair of Christiana Care's Department of Surgery and narrator for the live webcast. "Abdominal groans may occur from nausea and pain resulting from ulcers or pancreatitis, stones refer to the prevalence of kidney stones, occasional psychiatric moans may result from fatigue and depression, and the bones may be affected by osteoporosis. Often, patients who undergo the surgery discover within hours, days or weeks that their mood and energy level are greatly improved."

Viewers will be able to e-mail live questions to the doctors during the procedure and receive answers in real time. This will be the first of several OR-Live presentations from Christiana Care Health System.

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