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Live Surgical Webcast: Total Knee Replacements

June 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM EDT from Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE

WILMINGTON, DE - On June 30 at 5 p.m. EDT, Christiana Care Health System will webcast two OR Live total knee replacement surgeries, back to back, demonstrating different techniques.Total knee replacement is a highly successful treatment for people who suffer from severe knee damage or degeneration, especially from arthritis. The surgeries will performed by Alex B. Bodenstab, M.D., and Steven M. Dellose, M.D., and the event will be narrated by Leo W. Raisis, M.D., medical director of Christiana Care’s Center for Advanced Joint Replacement at Wilmington Hospital.

While the webcast is taking place, Christiana Care will also host a live chat via Twitter, which will include nurses from the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement and former patients who have undergone total knee or total hip replacement.

“This is an exciting event,” said Dr. Leo Raisis. “This month we are celebrating the 10,000th patient at the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement. Since the program began in 2000, our team has done a phenomenal job at achieving excellence across the full continuum of care for joint-replacement patients. This is why we are ranked among the top programs in the country. This webcast gives us an opportunity to educate the public about joint replacement, but also to demonstrate some of what makes the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement so successful for our patients.”

The Center for Advanced Joint Replacement at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital comprises 12 surgeons, each with vast experience and expertise in joint-replacement surgery, plus a dedicated team of nurses, therapists, operating-room staff and support personnel who specialize in treating joint-replacement patients.

Dr. Alex Bodenstab will demonstrate a total-knee replacement techique that uses custom cutting guides, which are generated from an MRI scan and three-dimensional computer modeling of the patient’s knee.

Dr. Steven Dellose will demonstrate a knee-replacement surgery that uses a mobile-bearing knee implant, which is designed to allow slight rotation when the patient flexes the joint.

“We are fortunate to have an excellent team of highly experienced orthopaedic surgeons who stay at the leading edge of technology,” Dr. Raisis said. “One of the great strengths of our program is that it has been designed by surgeons who are masters of a variety of techniques. They have designed a program of care that combines the best of what they each have to offer.”

Viewers of the webcast will be able to e-mail live questions to the doctors during the procedure and receive answers in real time.

Viewers who use Twitter may also participate in a separate, live chat via Tweetchat. The Twitter #hashtag and a link to the Tweetchat will be posted here one hour before the live event begins.

An announcement on Christiana Care’s Twitter feed will be made 30 minutes before the webcast, with instructions on how to join the Twitter chat.
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About the Christiana Care Center for Advanced Joint Replacement
Started in 2000, Christiana Care’s Center for Advanced Joint Replacement at Wilmington Hospital has helped more than 10,000 patients overcome severe arthritis pain and other hip and knee conditions through joint replacement surgery. The Center for Advanced Joint Replacement performs more than 1,300 hip and knee replacement surgeries each year, and was ranked in 2007 Medicare data as the 13th largest joint-replacement program in the United States (by volume), with complication rates, length of stay and other key measurements favorable by comparison to the best programs in the country.

Christiana Care Health System is one of the region's largest health care providers, serving Delaware and neighboring areas in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A not-for-profit teaching hospital, Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women's health services, as well as for its Level I trauma care and Level-3 neonatal intensive care (both highest capability).

Christiana Hospital is the only Level I trauma center between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Care includes two hospitals with 1,100 patient beds, a home health care service, preventive medicine, rehabilitation services, a network of primary care physicians and an extensive range of outpatient services. With more than 10,000 employees, Christiana Care is the largest private employer in Delaware and the 10th largest employer in the Philadelphia region. In 2008 Christiana Care had more than $1.7 billion in total patient revenue and provided the community with $37.7 million of free care and medicine. Find more information at

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