September 28, 2005 07:15 ET

Reminder - Presents: AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center to Perform Uterine Fibroid Embolization Live on the Web

Live Webcast: September 28, 2005 at 5:00pm EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 28, 2005 -- 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. 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 the broadcast and review questions emailed during this live 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 educate 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. 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 featured advances in electrophysiology procedures; and in April 2004 the Center for Surgical Weight Loss and Wellness performed a live Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.

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Contact Information

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    Alex Fraser
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    860-953-2900 x 214

    Jennifer Tornetta
    AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center