SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

OR-Live, Inc.

February 18, 2009 11:30 ET

REMINDER: Live Webcast: Anterior Cervical Discectomy Procedure

Artificial Disc Replacement Procedure Improves Mobility and Helps Prevent Further Surgery -- From PinnacleHealth February 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM EST

HARRISBURG, PA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - PinnacleHealth -- Spinal surgeons at PinnacleHealth are using artificial disc replacement to not only restore natural spinal motion, but also as a means of preserving the at-risk vertebrae surrounding the injured area. "With this new technology, we're able to put in an artificial disc that can allow natural motion," explains Dr. William Beutler, neurosurgeon at PinnacleHealth. "In other words, I try and replicate the disc that I just took out. This artificial disc has the added advantage of slowing degeneration of the discs immediately next to the affected area."

On Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. EST, PinnacleHealth will present an OR-Live webcast of an Anterior Cervical Discectomy. Dr. William Beutler will perform the procedure while Dr. Walter Peppelman moderates the event. "The whole point behind this technology is that by reducing wear on adjacent discs, you reduce or eliminate the need for further surgery down the road," adds Dr. Peppelman. During the program viewers will have the opportunity to ask pertinent questions by participating in a live email forum with the surgeons.

About PinnacleHealth

Innovative treatment for spinal and nervous system diseases and injuries is commonplace at PinnacleHealth. Our neuroscience center treats patients with serious and sometimes debilitating conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, back pain, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. PinnacleHealth includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic), FamilyCare physician practices, home health and hospice services, FirstPlace urgent care center and an array of healthcare services. For a complete list of services or to find a physician in your area, visit http://www.PinnacleHealth.org

About OR-Live

OR-Live is the world's leading surgical broadcasting company. Working collaboratively with hospitals and device manufactures, OR-Live produces customized, interactive, video programs that demonstrate the latest surgical techniques and product innovations. The OR-Live broadcasting network provides an intimate look at over 650 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 www.OR-Live.com.

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