May 20, 2005 17:45 ET Presents: Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey to Webcast a Minimally Invasive Radioguided Parathyroidectomy, a Recently Updated and More Precise Operation for a Disease

Called Hyperparathyroidism

Live Webcast: Friday, May 27th, 2005 at 10:00 am Eastern Time (14:00 UTC)

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 20, 2005 -- A surgeon from Mountainside Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, will perform surgery live over the Internet, on Friday, May 27th, 2005, at 10:00 am EDT Time. Eric Whitman, MD, will perform a minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy, a recently updated and more precise operation for a disease called hyperparathyroidism.

There are four parathyroid glands in the center of the lower neck; this particular surgery is the removal of a diseased parathyroid gland. In most cases, this disease affects only one parathyroid gland, which becomes hyperactive or over functioning.

"The old surgical procedure for this involved a 3-4 inch incision and exploration of all four glands. Patients would often spend several days in the hospital and have low calcium levels after surgery," said Eric Whitman, MD, Administrative Director of Surgery and Director of the Melanoma Center at Mountainside Hospital.

"The new outpatient procedure, minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy, is done through a 1.5 inch incision. A preoperative scan is used to localize which of the four glands is abnormal and during surgery, a radiation detector probe helps localize exactly where the abnormal gland is, minimizing dissection."

The live parathyroid surgery is the latest in a series of surgical web casts from Atlantic Health System hospitals this year. Earlier broadcasts included a two-incision joint replacement surgery, open-heart surgery, and a gastric bypass surgery. The previous web casts were viewed all over the world, including in China and Australia. In fact, the gastric bypass surgery had more than 16,000 viewers. Live Internet surgeries are becoming popular for educating students, referring doctors seeking to know more about others' expertise, and for consumers who are looking in greater detail at medicine. The May 27th surgery will be less than one hour.

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