SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

June 09, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Patello Femoral Replacement Surgery, Treatment for Knee Arthritis Without Full Knee Replacement

Live Webcast: From Tufts Medical Center: June 9, 2008 at 5:30 PM EDT (21:30 UTC)

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Tufts Medical Center and OR-Live will conduct a live Webcast of a patello femoral replacement operation on Monday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Orthopedic surgeon Eric Smith, MD, Director of Arthroplasty at Tufts Medical Center, will perform the procedure, heading up a highly trained orthopedic surgical OR team. Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, of the Medical Center's Sports Medicine program in the Department of Orthopedics, will moderate the Webcast program.

Patello Femoral Replacement is performed to treat osteoarthritis affecting the back of the kneecap. Patients who are candidates for this procedure usually experience pain when crouching, going up or down stairs, walking up slopes and getting up from low chairs. If a patient's joint is mostly free from arthritis or displays minimal symptoms, Patello Femoral Replacement can provide pain relief and improve mobility. The procedure replaces the back of the patella and the front of the femur (thigh bone), and still allows patients to undergo total knee replacement at a later date if necessary.

The Webcast will feature live Internet transmission of the procedure, as well as interviews with Department Chair Charles Cassidy, MD, and other members of Tufts Medical Center's Orthopedics and Physical Therapy staff.

The Department of Orthopedics at Tufts Medical Center offers expert comprehensive care in all areas of orthopedics, including hard-to-find specialties like women's sports injury, state-of-the-art arthroscopic surgery to treat athletic injuries, computer-navigated joint surgery, and an unbeatable expertise in treating upper extremity trauma. This department's mission is to provide the highest level of patient-driven care in an approachable, friendly environment.

Eric Smith, MD, is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed his Orthopedic residency training at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Otto E. Aufranc Adult Reconstructive Fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA.

Between 2002 and 2006 Dr. Smith served as a general orthopedic surgeon in the US Army and has been stationed in Hawaii, Ft. Bragg, NC and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Smith is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. His interests include primary and revision total hip arthroplasty, hip resurfacing and hip arthroscopy as well as computer assisted primary and revision total knee arthroplasty.

Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and a graduate of the University of Hawaii Orthopedic Residency Program. She completed the Duke University Orthopedic Shoulder and Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2004.

Dr. Matzkin is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, and serves as a physician for the US Women's Soccer Team. Her interests include cartilage, meniscus and ligament injuries of the knee and rotator cuff and instability problems in the shoulder. She is also interested in women's sports injuries and prevention as well as overuse muscle/tendon injuries in athletes of all ages.

She specializes in pediatric, adolescent and adult sports medicine with a focus on minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery for shoulder and knee, multi-ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff and labral repair and shoulder replacement surgery.

Charles Cassidy, MD, is Tufts Medical Center's Orthopedist-in-Chief and the Henry H. Banks Associate Professor and Chairman of Tufts University School of Medicine's Department of Orthopedics. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, and then completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency training at Tufts Medical Center. He graduated from the Tufts Hand Fellowship program and was a visiting clinician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Cassidy is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in hand, elbow and upper extremity surgery, upper and lower extremity trauma reconstruction, and management of acute skeletal trauma.

About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children serve as the principal teaching hospitals for Tufts University School of Medicine. Physicians offer advanced medical science and services for both adults and children in every major specialty and subspecialty and an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with complicated diseases. All full-time physicians at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children hold faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine.

As the oldest permanent medical facility in New England and one of the first in the nation, the 451-bed Medical Center offers compassionate, patient-centered care, where a team approach ensures both complete and thorough consideration of treatment options. Patients value the personal, caring touch offered by Tufts Medical Center physicians and staff. Each patient has a specially designated primary nurse who coordinates nursing care, provides patient education and facilitates discharge planning.

To learn more and view a preview for this program visit OR-Live

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