SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

July 01, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Laparoscopic Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Live Webcast: From Tufts Medical Center: July 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT (16:00 UTC)

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and OR-Live will conduct a live webcast of a pediatric Laparoscopic Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (LAPEG) procedure on Tuesday, July 1 at Noon.

Floating Hospital's Chief of Pediatric Surgery Brian Gilchrist, MD and LAPEG creator and Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology Alex Flores, MD will perform the procedure along with other members of Floating Hospital's specially trained pediatric surgical team. Peter Ngo, MD, Director of Pediatric Endoscopy at Floating Hospital, will moderate the webcast.

The event will feature live Internet transmission of the procedure, as well as interviews with Drs. Gilchrist, Ngo, and pediatric surgeon Carl-Christian Jackson, MD.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, or "PEG," is the surgical placement of a feeding tube in a patient who is not getting proper nutrition, usually due to metabolic or digestive disorders. The LAPEG procedure was developed by Dr. Flores, and is an enormously innovative advancement on the standard PEG procedure. With the LAPEG operation, the surgeon/gastroenterologist team use laparoscopic surgical techniques to visually confirm correct placement of the feeding tube even in very young infants, avoiding many of the risks of complications posed by conventional PEG surgery.

Dr. Gilchrist, creator of the LAPEG procedure, relates, "We take a tube and we place it through the abdominal wall into the stomach under direct vision with the laparoscope, while the GI doctor with the endoscope insuflates, blows up the stomach, so it's easy to place the tube into the stomach."

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