SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

December 12, 2007 16:44 ET

ORLive Presents: Advances in Parotidectomy and Thyroidectomy Surgery; Presentation Demonstrates the Application of Harmonic® Technology

Live Webcast: From University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 6:00 pm CST

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - On December 11, 2007, at 6:00 pm CST join surgeons Randal S. Weber, MD, FACS, and Gary L. Clayman, DMD, MD, FACS, in a live Internet presentation on of techniques using Harmonic® technology for superficial parotidectomy, open thyroidectomy, and video-assisted thyroidectomy.


During the hour-long webcast, Dr. Weber will present a superficial parotidectomy including facial nerve identification and atraumatic dissection. The technique for superficial parotidectomy is well established with the outcome of disease removal and facial nerve function due in part to the skill and experience of the operative surgeon. Meticulous hemostasis is critical to the successful identification and effective dissection of a facial nerve. The program will demonstrate how a Harmonic® instrument assisted parotidectomy provides hemostasis without the transmission of electrical energy to the facial nerve, which may occur with electrosurgery.

The presentation will include a didactic portion that reviews the demographics, histopathologic spectrum, and treatment guidelines for salivary gland tumors of the parotid gland. The webcast will also review the role of neck dissection and adjuvant radiation therapy for malignant parotid tumors.

Open and Video-assisted Thyroidectomy

Dr. Clayman will demonstrate the use of the Harmonic FOCUS™ for both open and video-assisted thyroidectomy. The presentation will show dissections with the instrument for both cutting and hemostasis for vessels up to 5mm in diameter. In both procedures, the instrument eliminates the need for suture ligatures, as well as vascular clips.

The December 11th live Internet broadcast will originate from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. During the program, viewers may email questions directly to the surgeons, which will provide for a dynamic clinical interchange between the audience and presenters.

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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