Replay of Live Innovative Lung Surgery Broadcast from University Hospital now Available
First Seen: December 18, 2003, 5:00pm EST (22:00 UTC)
An innovative operation to treat lung cancer was broadcast live via the Internet
on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:00 pm from University Hospital. John Howington, MD,
director, division of Thoracic Surgery, demonstrated a Video Assisted
Thoracic Surgery (VATS) with lobectomy. This event was moderated by Walter
Merrill, MD, chief, section of cardiothoracic surgery.
This is the first of four live events the hospital, in conjunction with
UC Surgeons, will be broadcasting within the next year. "Consumers are taking advantage
of online resources regarding their health care, and we see this as a way to
help meet those needs. Physicians can also benefit by receiving patient treatment
education right at their desk. Technology is allowing us to bring information
in real time to those seeking it," said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, Chairman
of the UC Department of Surgery. “The surgeons, along with the hospital
have a found a unique way to present information to patients, other physicians
and healthcare providers. Participants can ask questions online during the
operation and can access the entire procedure through archives after the live
event.” The procedure being broadcast is performed on patients with small
peripheral lung cancers, and is done with 2 to 3 small portals placed between
the ribs and a three-inch access incision in the chest, without spreading the
ribs. Because fewer and smaller incisions are made, the patient has a shorter
recovery and is in less pain.
"This procedure may allow us to offer operation
to patients with small lung cancers and very poor lung function, who in the
past, were turned down for intervention. We expect that the broadcast will
be particularly interesting to internists, pulmonary medicine physicians, medical
oncologists and potential patients who may be candidates for this particular
procedure,” notes Dr.Howington.
The archived broadcast can be viewed for free by anyone
in the world with Internet access.
The University Hospital is part of the Health Alliance, an integrated health
delivery system that also includes The Christ Hospital, The St. Luke Hospitals,
The Jewish Hospital, The Fort Hamilton Hospital and the physicians of Alliance
UC Surgeons care for patients needing specialized surgical care in cardiothoracic,
transplantation, cancer, gastrointestinal, plastics, pediatrics, burns, urology,
and vascular. The University of Cincinnati Department of Surgery brings $4.1
million in National Institutes for Health (NIH) research funding to the region,
and UC Surgeons’ ranking jumped to 15 in 2003, up from 28 the previous
year. More information is available at http://surgery.uc.edu.
The webcast uses Realplayer
to display both video and synchronized slides in side by side windows.
Viewers can download
a free copy of the player here.
It is not necessary to purchase any of Real's premium players or subscription
plans. The free basic player is all that is required to view the surgery.