Webcast Banner Webcast Banner
View Webcast with Real Player
View Webcast with Windows Media Player

View webcast with RealPlayer.
Click here to download


Percutaneous Vertebroplasty

Minimally invasive approach to treat vertebral compression fractures
June 7, 2006 at 4:00 PM CDT
(21:00 UTC)
From Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI

Add to Calendar

Spine: Over 700,000 vertebral compression fractures – broken spinal bones - occur annually in the United States. Many of these fractures result from untreated osteoporosis, and vertebral fractures can cause severe pain for nearly a third of people with the condition. On Wednesday, June 7, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital will discuss a leading surgical treatment for spinal compression fractures called percutaneous vertebroplasty. The program, featuring a pre-taped surgery of a vertebral compression fracture patient, will be webcast from 4 – 5 p.m. central  MORE...
Add to Calendar

Spine: Over 700,000 vertebral compression fractures – broken spinal bones - occur annually in the United States. Many of these fractures result from untreated osteoporosis, and vertebral fractures can cause severe pain for nearly a third of people with the condition. On Wednesday, June 7, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital will discuss a leading surgical treatment for spinal compression fractures called percutaneous vertebroplasty. The program, featuring a pre-taped surgery of a vertebral compression fracture patient, will be webcast from 4 – 5 p.m. central standard time. (21:00 UTC) Expert commentary about the procedure will be provided by Fergus McKiernan, MD, metabolic bone disease specialist; Thomas Faciszewski, MD, orthopaedic surgeon; and Sanjay Rao, MD, neurological surgeon.

Vertebroplasty consists of injecting medical grade cement into fractured spinal bone to stabilize the fracture and reduce pain. The procedure has been available for the treatment of spinal compression fractures in the United States since 1995. Recently, Marshfield Clinic physicians reported the results of a landmark research study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, which demonstrated percutaneous vertebroplasty to be a safe and effective procedure to decrease pain and increase quality of life.

Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital offer a comprehensive patient care approach to osteoporosis control and, if necessary, surgery to treat vertebral compression fractures. "In all too many cases the compression fracture is treated with vertebroplasty and the surgeon does not address the patient's underlying osteoporosis," Faciszewski said. "When the fracture is due to osteoporosis, it's more complicated. The fracture is a sign of a greater illness. Addressing the patient's metabolic bone disease at the same time as the fracture allows us to not only treat the fracture more effectively, but also help prevent subsequent fractures. The surgeon should not be the sole treatment provider - we need to take a team approach to care for these patients."

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. As the largest rural referral medical center in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever-increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Saint Joseph's Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded more than 110 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, is an integrated health care delivery system consisting of 41 locations throughout Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States. Marshfield Clinic has over 730 physicians representing over 86 different medical specialties. The system also includes Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, the largest private not-for-profit medical research foundation in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation; Marshfield Clinic Laboratories; Marshfield Clinic Education Foundation; and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., a health maintenance organization owned by Marshfield Clinic. For more information or for assistance accessing the webcast, please dial 1-888-mfld-4-or.

MDirect Access