SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

June 18, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Rotator Cuff Repair Minimally Invasive Treatment for the Most Painful and Debilitating Shoulder Injuries

Live Webcast: From Doctors Hospital: June 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 UTC)

CORAL GABLES, FL--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - It's not a medical drama. It's the real thing. Log on and watch John Uribe, M.D., renowned orthopedic surgeon and medical director for Doctors Hospital's Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, as he performs shoulder rotator cuff repair surgery during a live webcast on Wednesday, June 18 at 4 p.m. The webcast will be moderated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers team physician and Doctors Hospital orthopedic surgeon John Zvijac, M.D., and simultaneously translated in Spanish by Luis Vargas-Ortiz, M.D., sports medicine educator for the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Tears of the rotator cuff tendons are among the most painful and debilitating injuries of the shoulder. They can occur in athletes and non-athletes, affecting people of all ages. Dr. Uribe, who is team physician for the Florida Panthers and the University of Miami athletics department, will perform the procedure as part of Baptist Health South Florida's effort to broadcast various surgeries and procedures on the web, giving viewers an insider's look at the OR.

Doctors Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital in the Upper Keys, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization's fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

According to Dr. Uribe, "There have been significant advances in rotator cuff surgery. It used to be a very large open surgery where the shoulder muscles were dissected out to get to the rotator cuff. Today, it's a minimally invasive operation that's done through the arthroscope. Several little poke holes are used to access the rotator cuff, and then it's sewn through those poke holes back down to the bone. The painful post-operative period is much less intense. It's an outpatient procedure, and really the first couple of days, they might need some medication. But after that, there's really not much pain."

To learn more and view a program preview visit: http://www.or-live.com/BaptistHealth/2388 VNR: OR-Live.com

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