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Center for Vascular Disease Surgeons Instruct Physicians during Live Surgical Broadcasts

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October 30, 2008

Chicago -

World-class interventional vascular surgeons Jon S. Matsumura, MD and Mark K. Eskandari, MD presented and participated in three separate, high-definition surgical broadcasts from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Vascular Disease as part of the 2008 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference (TCT) held in Washington, D.C. October 12-17, 2008.

"Through these live surgical broadcasts we are able to teach around 10,000 cardiovascular specialists from around the world the latest percutaneous techniques for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair," states Dr. Matsumura.  "Our participation in the 2008 TCT highlighted, to the world, our expertise in the percutaneous endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms, aortoiliac aneurysms, and complications of aortic dissection."  Dr. Matsumura is a vascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

TCT is the world's largest educational meeting specializing in transcatheter (or endovascular) vascular medicine. TCT offers medical experts the opportunity to learn the latest advances in interventional vascular medicine, to congregate with colleagues from around the world, to share clinical experiences, and to exchange new ideas and information.  

Transcatheter or endovascular treatments are surgical procedures in which a catheter is passed through a needle puncture in the skin (percutaneous approach) and used to insert miniature devices into the blood vessel for the treatment of vascular disease.  Because these catheter based procedures are considered minimally invasive, patients experience less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions with less scarring, shorter recovery time, faster return to normal daily activities, and improved clinical outcomes compared to standard open operations which require a large incision to gain access to inner organs or tissue. 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital was one of 25 institutions from around the world to present live surgical broadcasts for the 2008 TCT.  "For nearly a decade the vascular surgeons at the Center for Vascular Disease have been involved in training physicians via live surgical broadcasts," states Dr. Eskandari.  "Because we often perform these complex aortic endovascular procedures at Northwestern Memorial, we are frequently called upon to educate other physicians to perform the procedures that we do on a daily basis."  Dr. Eskandari is a vascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate professor of Surgery at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

When participating in live surgical broadcasts the vascular surgeons always work in pairs.  It is one attending physician's sole responsibility to remain focused on the patient, while the second attending physician's focus is instructing the physician audience on the nuances of the surgical procedure.  "For the three patients that agreed to participate in the live surgical broadcasts for the 2008 TCT, all of the aortic procedures were successful and the patients were discharged home from the hospital after an average of two days. Recovery is strikingly faster than the standard open operations," states Dr. Matsumura. 

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