SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

May 19, 2008 09:09 ET

ORLive Presents: Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Lobectomy and Lymphadenectomy for Lung Cancer

Live Webcast: From The Mount Sinai Medical Center: May 22, 2008 6:00 pm EDT (22:00 UTC)

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - On Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, join thoracic surgeons, Dr. Scott Swanson and Dr. Daniel Miller, for a live webcast of surgical techniques used in Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (or VATS) for lung cancer. The webcast will address the particular technical challenges of Right Lower Lobectomy, Left Upper Lobectomy, and Left-sided and Right-sided Lymphadenectomy. The one-hour presentation will feature video segments of the surgeries performed and selected by the panel. The webcast will also feature didactic and question and answer segments presented by the surgeons.

Scott James Swanson, MD, FACS
Chief of Thoracic Surgery
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Eugene W. Friedman MD Professor of Surgical Oncology
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Daniel L. Miller, MD, FACS
Chief of General Thoracic Surgery
Emory Healthcare
Kamal A. Mansour Professor of Thoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

VATS Lobectomy

Over the past decade, VATS Lobectomy has emerged as a minimally invasive alternative to Thoracotomy for lung cancer. Since the surgery is performed through several small holes, lung cancer patients receiving a VATS Lobectomy typically experience less pain, less morbidity and shorter hospital stays than with the traditional approach. The VATS technique, however, can present some unique technical challenges for novice and experienced thoracic surgeons alike. During the one-hour webcast presentation, thoracic surgeons will hear some real-life strategies for addressing these challenges, including patient positioning, accessing critical structures, controlling bleeding, and navigating around major blood vessels. According to Dr. Scott Swanson of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, "We hope to provide specific methodologies for getting from point A to point B -- how to get around major pulmonary vessels, for example. We'll also demonstrate practical solutions to technical problems -- if you can't see well, don't like the angle, problems of bleeding, and so on."

The expert panel will also provide suggestions for teaching the VATS techniques to surgeons and OR personnel. According to Dr. Daniel Miller of the Emory University School of Medicine, "This is a process in learning that will help surgeons and OR personnel to evolve technically. We'll provide a timeline for learning the VATS techniques and strategies for adapting the learning process to the OR." The presentation will further provide information regarding indications for VATS lobectomy, advantages of selecting VATS over thoracotomy, and the ideal candidate for VATS. Equipment selection and application for stabilizing the various blood vessel types during VATS surgery, including the application of Harmonic® and Echelon™ technologies, will also be discussed.

Left-sided and Right-sided Lymphadenectomy

Video-assisted surgical techniques allow for minimally invasive access, isolation, and dissection of the lymph nodes for cancer staging and treatment. The presentation will focus on Left-sided and Right-sided Lymphadenectomy during a VATS lobectomy. Practical strategies for isolating and dissecting the lymph nodes, as well as equipment selection and application, will be discussed during the webcast. Methods for improving visualization when faced with difficult anatomy and/or pathology will also be addressed.

On May 22, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, join surgeons, Dr. Scott Swanson and Dr. Daniel Miller, for this informative webcast live from The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. Viewers may send their questions to the surgeons at any time up to, and during, the live webcast by clicking the MDirect Access button from the webcast screen.

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.

DSL #08-0454.3 ©2008

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