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Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures for vertebral compression fractures (VCF), which are fractures in vertebra, the bones that make up the spinal column. The surgeries are used to treat pain caused by vertebral compression fractures in the spine. The UAB Medicine interventional radiology team is a dedicated group of skilled, innovative health care professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. In this podcast, Edgar S....


Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

As part of the UAB Division of Women's Reproductive Healthcare, our services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. Our physicians are here for the first routine gynecological exam, to delivering babies, to guiding through menopause. UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive women's health care in a private, personal environment, with physicians dedicated to providing excellent care. Here to tell us about the...


Burn Care – Educating Providers

The Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit at UAB Medicine provides critical care for trauma and burn patients requiring intensive therapeutic interventions resulting from injury. In this podcast James Hwang, MD discusses burn care from an educational perspective, and what sets the UAB burn program apart for this very specialized care.


Latest Developments With CAR-T Therapy for Leukemia/Lymphoma Patients

An emerging approach to immunotherapy is an adoptive cell transfer (ACT): collecting and using patients' own immune cells to treat their cancer. There are several types of ACT, but the one that seems to be closest to producing a treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration is called CAR T-cell therapy. In this panel discussion regarding the risks and benefits of CART T-cell therapy are Amitkumar N. Mehta, MD, and Luciano J. Costa, MD. They are both hematologist oncologists at...


Training in Robotic Surgery

The UAB Medicine Robotic Surgery Program is one of the largest in the Southeast and has the largest surgical volume in the country, with nearly 25 surgeons using the da Vinci robot to perform almost 1,000 surgeries each year. UAB Robotic Surgery includes several fellowship-trained subspecialists who have received the maximum training in their field. UAB regularly sets new surgical standards and attracts hundreds of surgeons from around the world for observation and educational sessions...


Overview on Sports Medicine Injuries

UAB Sports Medicine specializes in evaluating, managing, rehabilitating, and preventing the injuries and physical problems that are common among athletes of all ages. From the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, physicians at UAB Sports Medicine provide care designed to enable patients to return to their active lifestyles safely and as soon as possible. The clinic is comprised of physicians, care coordinators, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, radiologists, and a...


Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is the occurrence of an acute traumatic damage to the spinal cord or nerves roots within the spinal column, including the cauda equina, that results in temporary or permanent loss of motor function, sensory function, and autonomic functions. Higher levels of injuries typically result in a greater loss of function when compared to injuries at lower levels of the spinal cord. The Spain Rehabilitation Center is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast's...


New Frontiers: Robotic Surgery Program at UAB

UAB surgeons are pioneering procedures for robotic surgery for head-and-neck, lung, and other cancers to help push the technology far beyond its original emphasis on prostate cancer. In the process, UAB has become one of the busiest, most diverse, and most comprehensive robotic surgery programs in the nation with more than 20 surgeons in nine specialties performing more than 900 surgeries annually. Of the surgeries at UAB, fully 75 percent are oncologic. In this exciting segment, Dr....


Trans-arterial Chemoembolization of Liver Tumors (TACE) & Radioembolization of Liver Tumors ...

Transarterial-chemoembolization (TACE) has been a palliative treatment or bridging treatment for liver cancer, whether primary or metastatic. TACE is a combination of local delivery of chemotherapy and a procedure to block of the blood supply to the tumor and trap the chemotherapy in the tumor. Here to discuss the latest advances in trans-arterial chemoembolization of liver tumors (TACE) & radioembolization of liver tumors (Y90) is Dr Ahmed M. Kamel, he is the Chief, Interventional...


Oculoplastics Services and Questions About Botox for Eyelid Spasms

Oculoplastics & Reconstructive Surgery focuses on corrective and cosmetic eye surgery related to the eyelids, eyebrow, forehead, and tear duct system. These surgeons also repair orbital trauma and congenital eye defects in children and adults. Physicians in this field are ophthalmologists who have received additional training in plastic surgery, and they are experts in conditions and treatments of the delicate eye area. Joining the show to discuss Oculoplastics services and questions...


Physician Wellness: Ways to Reduce Burnout & Early Retirement

In the world of electronic health records, and an increase in the aging population, many physicians find themselves subjected to more intense scrutiny of quality and performance, while they face an ever increasing patient load. They can experience depression and burnout the way many professional do, however, as physicians they may be tempted to care for others before they care for themselves. Here to discuss the consequences and possible solutions to worrisome physician burnout is J....


Obesity as a Disease

Millions of Americans struggle with obesity and obesity-related diseases every day. Obesity has become an epidemic in this country and the need to foster a multidisciplinary approach to basic, clinical, and translational research is now more important than ever. There is an emphasis on understanding the causal factors underlying nutrition and obesity-related health problems and the generation and evaluation of evidence on their consequences, prevention, and alleviation. University of...


Thyroid Disease and Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid gland influences many of the metabolic processes in your body through the hormone that it produces. As a result, thyroid disorders can be far reaching and can range from nodules to hypothyroidism to life threatening cancer. In this panel discussion regarding thyroid cancer and thyroid disease are Dr. Benjamin Greene, Dr. Brian Hughley and Dr. Erin Buczek. They are head and neck surgeons at UAB Medicine


The Intricate Nature of Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

Every year approximately 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with head and neck cancer. The Head and Neck Oncology Division of the UAB Department of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) is among the largest of its kind in the United States. Our providers diagnose and treat tumors of the oral cavity, oropharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), sinuses, skull base, salivary glands, and skin. UAB was among the first hospitals nationally to offer robot-assisted resection of head...


Ablation for Kidney & Liver Tumors

Percutaneous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where small needles are inserted through the skin under imaging guidance. The needles are directed toward tumors, which can be in the liver, kidney, bone, or lung. Once the needles are in place, the tumors are destroyed by either heating or freezing the cancer cells. These treatments are faster and safer than traditional surgery. For many types of cancers, our results with ablation are equivalent to traditional surgical approaches....


Uterine Fibroids & Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects approximately one third of all women and accounts for 20% of outpatient gynecology appointments. The pain might be caused by a number of reasons and today the technology and investigations are more sophisticated and physicians are more equipped to help determine the cause so that the patient can find relief. The UAB Medicine Interventional Radiology team uses the latest and most advanced technology and imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound,...


Quality in Bone Densitometry

According to the Nation Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. In this segment Sarah Morgan, MD discusses T-score and Z-score results, quality in Bone Densitometry and when to refer to a specialist.


APP Credentialing and Role Alignment

The UAB Medicine Department of Advanced Practice Providers is responsible for the oversight of all Advanced Practice Providers within the Health System. This includes oversight of meaningful use, scope of practice and compliance with state and federal regulations, credentialing of all APPs seeking privileges to practice as a UAB Medicine provider, coordination of APP students seeking training within our institution, assessment of the quality of training for APP students within the...


Adult ECMO Program at UAB Medicine

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a temporary mechanical support system that replaces the function of the heart and/or lungs in patients with cardiac and respiratory failure. The program at UAB Medicine is the only available ECMO program in the state of Alabama, and during the 2013 influenza season provided support for more than 80 adult patients with cardiopulmonary failure, including patients from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. In addition to supporting...


Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

A chronic total occlusion is a total blockage in a coronary artery that has been present for at least three months. In this segment, Dr. Mark Sasse discusses chronic total occlusion and how UAB Interventional Cardiology is an internationally recognized leader in cardiac services, combining compassionate, innovative patient care with the most advanced technology and basic and clinical research. The program makes use of catheterization, stenting, angioplasty, and other minimally invasive...


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