SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

OR-Live, Inc.

July 02, 2009 10:30 ET

REMINDER: Webcast Double Feature Showcases Treatment Options at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for Patients With Aortic Aneurysms

ORLive Invites Vascular Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Interventional Cardiologists, Interventional Radiologists, Cardiologists, Primary Care Physicians, Patients and Care Seekers to Its First-Ever Back-to-Back Live Interactive Webcast on Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00PM

Demonstrations and Discussions of Continuum of Care for Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections Featuring Endovascular Approach Using Investigational "Fenestrated" Endograft and Open Surgery

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 2, 2009) - For the first time ever, ORLive is presenting a surgery double-feature, with two back-to-back live webcasts demonstrating treatment approaches for aortic aneurysms. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, viewers can observe the procedures, which took place at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and interact live with the doctors by submitting email questions during the broadcast.

The first webcast will focus on treatment of the thoracic aorta and feature an open repair of an aortic aneurysm performed by Dr. Leonard Girardi, O. Wayne Isom Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director of Aortic Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He will be joined on the panel by Dr. Allan Stewart, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director of Aortic Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; and by Dr. James McKinsey, Associate Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; and Interim Chief of Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian /Columbia.

"Because the aorta is the body's main supplier of blood, a ruptured aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Although the patient may not have any symptoms, intervention is usually required," says Dr. Girardi. "While there are now a variety of treatment options, including endovascular stenting, the gold standard for many patients remains open surgery. In each case, the surgeon and cardiologist discuss the best treatment approach based on a variety of factors, including the size of the aneurysm. This Web cast will showcase a thoracoabdominal surgery, in which we cool the patient to 90 degree Fahrenheit, cross-clamp the lower portion of their aorta and sew in a Dacron graft."

The second webcast will deal primarily with treatment of the abdominal aorta and will feature a procedure using a fenestrated endograft performed by Dr. McKinsey. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Harry Bush, Jr., Associate Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Attending Vascular Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, with participation by Dr. McKinsey and Dr. William A. Gray, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director, Endovascular Services Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

"Approximately 10 percent of abdominal aortic aneurysm patients have an affected area close to branching arteries for the kidneys, small bowel and liver," says Dr. McKinsey. "We are one of only three hospitals in the United States to offer a fenestrated endograft for these patients. The innovative device has custom-positioned holes (fenestrations) that allows for proper blood flow through the aorta to the kidneys and other organs."

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