SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

December 12, 2008 05:46 ET

OR-Live Presents: 20 Years Later . . . The Evolution of Lap Chole

Twenty Years of Minimally Invasive Gallbladder Surgery and Future Trends; January 8, 2009 at 7PM EST From Drexel University College of Medicine

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - Join surgeons, Drs. Joseph Amaral, Paul Curcillo, Santiago Horgan, and Barry McKernan, for a free one-hour live webcast highlighting minimally invasive techniques and advances in minimally invasive gallbladder surgery. The doctors will focus on the evolution of techniques from the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy through single port cholecystectomy and NOTES, and the benefits of these techniques to patients.

The Evolution of Lap Chole

The live program will be composed of four parts that begin with the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and early evolution of the procedure. Next will be a discussion of various energy modalities used in minimally invasive surgery followed by an in-depth demonstration of single port access (SPA)™ cholecystectomy. Finally the potential future of minimally invasive surgery will follow with a discussion of NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery).

The webcast will originate from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Audience members may participate in the live program by sending their questions directly to the surgeons. An On-Demand version of the program will be posted following the webcast and can be accessed through this OR-live website.


Joseph F. Amaral, MD (moderator)
Professor of Surgery
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, FACS
Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Vice Chairman and Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Santiago Horgan, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of California, San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, California

J. Barry McKernan, MD, PhD, FACS
Center for Videoscopic and Laser Surgery
Woodstock, Georgia
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia

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 packet inserts, with particular attention to the indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions and steps of use of the device. Before performing any new procedure, including those demonstrated or referenced in this presentation, ensure that adequate training has been obtained.

About OR-Live

OR-Live is the world's leading surgical broadcasting company, providing communication solutions to hospitals, device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies that demonstrate, communicate, and educate the latest clinical and technological advances in surgery to surgeons, physicians, allied health professionals, and consumers. The OR-Live broadcasting network provides an intimate look at over 600 live and on-demand surgeries to a global audience, streaming over 23,000 hours of programming each month. The OR-Live network can be found on-line at

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