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Local surgeons who performed first in the world operation; drought update; book reviews

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 17, 2012 8:50 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, May 18:

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion.  It sounds pretty complicated and it is.  Simply put it's surgery on the lower back.  However, a surgical team from Central Pennsylvania's Pinnacle Health performed the operation on a Carlisle woman late last month using tools that had never been used before anywhere.

In a first of its kind in the world procedure, doctors performed the back surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.  According to Pinnacle, the doctors used the robot to expose the patient's spine, safely moving her bowels and blood vessels in order to replace her diseased disk with an implant.

The woman went home the next day -- 48 hours less than traditional back surgery takes.

Appearing on Friday's Radio Smart Talk will be Dr. William Buetler, a neurosurgeon and Dr. Walter Peppelman, an orthopedic and spine surgeon, who performed the historic operation.

Also, has two weeks of rain lessened the potential for a drought in Pennsylvania?  John Balay, manager of planning and operations at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, provides a follow-up on our April 27 program. 

Finally on Friday's program, Jon Walker, who blogs book reviews at www.jonosbookreviews.com will join us to describe a few of the titles he's read lately.

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