First Transatlantic Spine Surgeries Bring Doctors Together
Wednesday December 3, 11:07 am ET
Four Surgeries Live Via Satellite
Texas Back Institute & Swiss Spine Institute Join Forces to Perform Artificial Disc Surgeries

PLANO, Texas, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 12 & 13, top spine surgeons from the United States and Switzerland will make history by joining forces to perform four arthroplasty (surgeries that maintain motion of the spine) surgeries together live via satellite between New York and Zurich. This first transatlantic satellite high-tech, educational setting will allow spine surgeons from around the world to interact in real-time with the operating surgeons. Several hundred surgeons are expected to be involved with the symposium.

Recognizing the urgent need for a platform to exchange the latest scientific, technological and clinical information of advanced spine surgery between the U.S. and Europe, this 6th International Symposium seeks to enhance interaction between the two continents. Titled "Non-Fusion Technology with Live Transmitted Surgeries - A State of the Art Debate," the transatlantic symposium is sponsored by the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, and the Swiss Spine Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, both internationally acclaimed patient care centers on the forefront of spine care.

Four live surgeries will be transmitted via satellite from the Swiss Spine Institute reference clinic Hirslanden Aarau/Zurich to the symposium auditorium in Zurich, and at the same time to the symposium in New York at the Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Ave. The procedures include cutting-edge artificial disc implants that are in clinical use in Europe and FDA investigation in the United States. These procedures could gain FDA approval in 2004. In the United States, Texas Back Institute was the first site nationwide to participate in FDA clinical trials for two of the artificial disc currently under investigation.

"The patient is the ultimate winner in this symposium," said Stephen H. Hochschuler, M.D., spine surgeon with Texas Back Institute. "This isn't your grandfather's back surgery anymore. Today's technology and advancements in spine surgery mean quicker recovery and hopefully less pain for the patient. Back pain is one of the leading health problems in the United States and worldwide. These new procedures and technology hold great promise to improve care for patients with back or neck pain. However, as with any new treatments, these devices must be investigated thoroughly to determine their merit and identify needs for improvement. There is no doubt this area will continue to evolve and incorporate new designs and materials. During that process, it is important for those at the forefront of spine care to share their experiences to help guide the evolution of spinal arthroplasty."

This history making live via satellite transatlantic symposium will
feature:
-- Four live surgeries, live via satellite
-- Real-time audience interaction with the operating surgeons

-- Live audience polling, "What would you do?" with live results
projected on auditorium screen for debate
-- Video conferencing between the two audience groups
-- Unique learning experience for advanced spine surgeons


More than 25 renowned international faculty will present, including four surgeons from Texas Back Institute: Scott L. Blumenthal, M.D., spine surgeon, Richard D. Guyer, M.D., spine surgeon, Stephen H. Hochschuler, M.D., spine surgeon, and Barton L. Sachs, M.D., spine surgeon, as well as a vascular surgeon Sandra Moore, M.D.

Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas

As one of the nation's largest spine clinics, the Texas Back Institute is the expert in solutions for back pain. Founded in 1978, the Texas Back Institute has always recommended non-surgical treatments because we know they work best to relieve pain in most patients. The Institute receives some of the most complex cases from across the country and we treat patients with a team approach that ensures appropriate treatment for each person's specific condition.

The Texas Back Institute provides a complete team of highly trained medical professionals, non-surgical treatment protocols and rehabilitation. The professional staff includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons with spine fellowship training, general surgeons, general medicine physicians, internists, chiropractors, physiatrists, pain specialists, exercise physiologists and a team of physical and occupational therapists.

From non-operative spine care to surgery, the Texas Back Institute offers chiropractic care, diagnostic procedures, fitness services, pain management, patient education, physical therapy, research and return-to-work programs including work conditioning and work hardening. To learn more about the Texas Back Institute and to obtain free updates and helpful back tips, go to www.texasback.com or call 1-800-247-BACK. Texas Back Institute's main office is located on the campus of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, with offices in Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Hurst, Mesquite, Midland, Wichita Falls, TX and Phoenix, AZ.

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