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First Seen: June 16 At 4:00 pm CDT (21:00 UTC)
MEMPHIS, TN- Annually, more than 250,000 Americans undergo traditional
open surgery to remove or repair herniated discs, a leading cause of
back pain. While this type of operation eventually can improve function,
recovery time has traditionally proven to be painful and last several
weeks. However, an innovative microdiscectomy technique known as the
METRx™ system allows surgeons to repair debilitating herniated discs
using a minimal access process, with incisions smaller than a dime.
The procedure provides nearly immediate relief from pain, faster healing,
and less hospital time.
Kevin T. Foley, MD neurosurgeon, Methodist University Hospital, Semmes-Murphey
Neurologic and Spine Institute, is the co-inventor of the METRx™ system,
which is currently the most innovative procedure used for spine surgery.
On June 16th, at 4:00pm, Dr. Foley brought his surgery from the operating
room to the Web. Anyone in the world was able to watch Dr. Foley repair
a herniated disc using the METRx™ system, as the surgery was actually
happening. The live surgical Webcast is free and can be viewed at Methodist
Healthcare's Website www.methodisthealth.org.
Read more about the procedure.
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.