Hepatic artery embolization video

December 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

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A radiologist watching the x-ray screens during embolization.

A video I made of an hepatic artery embolization was published on www.oncolex.org this week.

This is a minimally-invasive procedure to purposely occlude selected branches of the hepatic artery. In this specific video the procedure is done to reduce the amount of liver metastasis in a patient with a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. « Read the rest of this entry »

Plumbing and black nodes

February 26, 2008 § 5 Comments

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Postponing is always a factor in my work. Operations are rescheduled all the time for various reasons. Last week I had prepared to film a major amputation, but ended up in the stomach and groin instead.

On this particular day I was originally going to film a hemipelvectomy (or transpelvic amputation, if you like). I’d spent some of the previous day reading up on the subject and was well prepared. Only to find out the next morning that the operation was postponed. The patient had gotten a venous thrombosis and was in no condition for this radical surgery. Must be tough on the patient. He’d probably had some hard nights of mental preparation.

So no amputation, but incidentally a total gastrectomy was on. « Read the rest of this entry »

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