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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization: The Radiology Department at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will offer the public the opportunity to view a uterine fibroid embolization during a live webcast of the procedure on Wednesday, September 28 at 5 p.m. ET (21:00 UTC) Mitchell H. Brezel, MD, chief of interventional radiology at ARMC, will perform the procedure. Rajesh Patel, MD, a diagnostic and interventional radiologist on ARMC's Medical Staff, will moderate. Viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions to the surgical team during and prior to the webcast.

ARMC physicians have been performing uterine fibroid embolization since 1999. Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure performed in an angiography suite equipped with an x-ray machine. The patient's heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram, breathing and blood oxygen levels are continually monitored during the procedure. The interventional radiologist makes a small incision in the skin and threads a thin tube (catheter) into the femoral artery. Using x-ray guidance, and periodic injections of radiographic contract material to map the blood vessels, the radiologist threads the catheter into the uterine arteries. Using x-ray observation, the radiologist injects particles of trisacryl microspheres into the arteries to block the blood flow. With no blood flow to feed the fibroids, they shrink or disappear.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that can cause irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menstrual cycles and pelvic pain. Uterine fibroid embolization usually requires only a single night stay in the hospital.

"We are excited about the opportunity to education the public through this live webcast of a procedure that has made a tremendous difference in the health and wellness of patients who have uterine fibroids," said Brezel. "It's important for women to learn more about this minimally invasive option for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids. It provides rapid recovery from the painful, often life-disrupting, symptoms of fibroids."

The webcast is the fourth in a series ARMC is offering to the public. In January the Heart Institute at ARMC performed two live cardiac catheterizations, one of which was treatment for an emergency heart attack victim; May's webcast was a live panel discussion on advances in electrophysiology procedures; and in April 2004 the Center for Surgical Weight Loss and Wellness at ARMC performed a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery during a live webcast.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is a 567-bed, not-for-profit, hospital that was founded in 1898. The hospital began as a ten-bed facility in a converted home on Ohio Avenue in Atlantic City. ARMC City campus is located in Atlantic City, where the hospital was founded. ARMC Mainland campus, which opened in 1975, is located in Galloway Township, one of the state's fastest growing residential and commercial areas. ARMC offers a number of outpatient-care services, many of which it provides at the AtlantiCare HealthPlex. Located in Atlantic City, the HealthPlex offers a wide range of quality out-patient services in one convenient location, including primary care, women's services, laboratory services, radiology and physical therapy.



Mitchell Brezel

Mitchell Brezel, MD

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Jack Shakarshy, MD