SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

May 14, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: XLIF® Procedure, Minimally Disruptive Procedure for Spine Surgery

Live Webcast: From Tampa General Hospital: May 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 UTC)

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - A minimally disruptive procedure for spine surgery that provides relief from back and/or leg pain will be performed live over the Internet from Tampa General Hospital on May 14, 2008 at 4 p.m. ET on

The procedure, called XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion), involves a lateral, or side, approach to the patient, rather than from the back or front. This approach provides direct access to the disc space, allowing for complete disc removal and implant insertion.

An estimated 10 million adults suffer from chronic back pain and leg pain, which often limits their activities. It is estimated that more than one million patients undergo spine surgery each year in the U.S. Until recently, adults with back or leg pain have undergone traditional, or 'open,' spine surgery, requiring large incisions, significant recovery time and a delay in return to normal activity.

Juan Uribe, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of South Florida College of Medicine, will perform the procedure using NeuroVision®, a technologically advanced EMG system. This technology allows surgeons to have accurate, reproducible, real-time feedback about nerve health and function, reducing the incidence of nerve injury during surgery. Fernando Vale, M.D., Associate Professor, University of South Florida College of Medicine, and Vice Chief of the Neurosciences Department at Tampa General Hospital, will provide commentary and answer email questions from viewers during the procedure.

When compared to traditional spine procedures which approach patients from the back and take many hours to complete, the XLIF® procedure may be successfully completed in as little as one hour, reducing the patient's amount of anesthesia time. Because the procedure does not require entry through the sensitive back muscles, bones or ligaments, many patients walk the same day after surgery. XLIF® procedure patients typically only require an overnight hospital stay and complete recovery in about six weeks. Patients of traditional 'open' procedures usually experience several days of immobility and hospitalization and require six months or more to fully recover.

If you are unable to view the live broadcast, the procedure will be archived at this location for future viewing at your convenience.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Alex Fraser
    Director of Marketing
    OR-Live, Inc.
    860-953-2900 x 214