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Replay of: Innovative Liver Surgery to be Broadcast Live from University Hospital

University of Cincinnati Liver Treatment Center showcases treatment options

First Seen Live Webcast: May 27, 2004 5:00pm ET (21:00 UTC)

University Hospital, Cincinnatti


Cincinnati — Two innovative procedures to treat liver tumors was demonstrated live via the Internet on May 27, 2004 from The University Hospital. Joseph F. Buell, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, Division of Transplantation, demonstrated the procedures; a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laparoscopic liver resection, both used to treat patients with liver tumors. Steven M. Rudich, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Surgery at the UC College of Medicine, Director of Liver Transplant Service, moderated the live event. Mark J. Thomas, M.D., Assistant Professor, assisted Dr. Buell with the procedures. The broadcast, which is expected to last one hour, is and was free for all viewers around the world with Internet access.

  Laparoscopic Liver Resection Procedure

This is the second of four live surgery events the hospital, in conjunction with UC Surgeons, will be broadcasting within the next year. "Consumers are taking advantage of online resources regarding their health care, and we see this as a way to help meet those needs," says Jeffrey Matthews, M.D., Chairman of the UC Department of Surgery. "Physicians can also benefit by receiving patient treatment education right at their desk. Technology is allowing us to bring information in real time to those seeking it. The surgeons, along with the hospital, have found a unique way to present information to patients, other physicians and healthcare providers. Participants can ask questions online during the operation and can access the entire procedure through archives after the live event. Our first event was very successful and we hope to reach even more physicians and consumers with this event."

Laparoscopic Liver Resection Procedure


A liver resection is the surgical removal of a portion of the liver and is performed to remove various types of liver tumors. Depending on the size, location and type of tumor, a resection is the best treatment option for some patients. However, for those patients that are unable to tolerate a removal, Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is another treatment option. RFA is also done laparoscopically and uses alternating current radiofrequency that heats and destroys tumors. It heats them to over 100 degrees celsius, thereby, killing the cancerous cells. This technology is used to treat people with smaller tumors of the liver, for patients who are morbidly obese, and those with bad liver disease such as cirrhosis of the liver. These technologies have a number of distinct advantages including a low complication rate, the ability to do the surgery without major open surgery and a shorter hospital stay.

These procedures are part of a range of options offered by the University of Cincinnati Multidisciplinary Liver Treatment Center. This program incorporates the disciplines of surgical oncology, transplant surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, interventional radiology, hepatology, advanced therapeutic endoscopy, and radiation oncology.

UC Surgeons care for patients needing specialized surgical care in cardiothoracic, transplantation, cancer, gastrointestinal, plastics, pediatrics, burns, urology, and vascular. The University of Cincinnati, Department of Surgery brings $4.1 million in National Institutes for Health (NIH) research funding to the region, and UC Surgeons' ranking jumped to 15 in 2003, up from 28 the previous year. More information is available at

The University Hospital is part of the Health Alliance, an integrated health care delivery system that also includes The Christ Hospital, The St. Luke Hospitals, The Jewish Hospital, The Fort Hamilton Hospital and the physicians of Alliance Primary Care. To view other Health Alliance news releases, go to

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This broadcast is supported by an educational grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

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