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Surgery Webcast to cut viewers in on proceedings

Charting progress: Orthopedic surgeons Dr. John Vann, left, and Dr. Thomas Baumgarten look over a patient’s chart in an operating room at the St. Francis Hospital Outpatient Center. GEORGE GARDNER/Greenville News Staff
By Liv Osby

Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall in the operating room? Tomorrow, you get your chance.

Surgeons at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System are performing an orthopedic procedure that will be broadcast live over the Internet.

"There's a segment of the public who enjoys this type of thing, who wants to learn more," says Dr. Thomas Baumgarten, the orthopedic surgeon performing the operation. "The overall concept is to bring these types of procedures to the public so they have an opportunity to learn about the surgery and to view it in a live format."

The operation is an ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, reconstruction, says Dr. John Vann, another orthopedic surgeon who will be providing "color commentary" to Baumgarten's "play-by-play." The two are also sports medicine specialists with Piedmont Orthopaedic Associates, which is affiliated with St. Francis.

The ACL holds the upper leg to the lower leg and it's often twisted by athletes, particularly in sports like soccer, basketball and football, causing pain and instability, Vann says.

"It's like a piece of rope that tears in the middle and the ends of the rope can't join back together to heal," adds Baumgarten.

Because these injuries occur so frequently, ACL reconstruction is a common procedure that many people will be able to relate to, he says, adding that Piedmont performs about 300 such surgeries a year.

This patient is a local 20-year-old who tore his ACL playing basketball. During the hour-long outpatient procedure, which is usually done under general anesthesia, an incision will be made in the front of the knee, through which Baumgarten will remove the patellar tendon from under the kneecap, says Vann. Then the tendon will be attached to the bone with tiny screws, where it will serve as a substitute for the ACL.

"The odds are very good that people can get back to their activity level after the surgery," Vann said, adding that complications, including infection and blood clots, occur in about 1 percent of patients.

To catch all the action, two cameras will be positioned in the OR -- one focused on the surgery and the other providing a wide shot.

Vann will be right outside the OR doors, describing the procedure, providing tips to prevent sports injuries, and answering real-time e-mail questions from viewers.order phentermine buy propecia buy soma order vicodin order ambien buy xenical hydrocodone keflex imitrex stilnox generic celexa wellbutrin buy wellbutrin buy propecia lansoprazole adipex valium generic phentermine sildenafil buy zoloft buy xenical order phentermine buy soma online triamcinolone wellbutrin kenalog simvastatin trazodone order phentermine online prozac online premarin lansoprazole order phentermine order tramadol amoxycillin cheap phentermine cheap tramadol buy viagra online order phentermine online buy wellbutrin valium propecia online order xanax losartan cheap xanax buy meridia generic valium zovirax amoxil desyrel buy alprazolam norco order ultram paroxetine

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