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Live Hysteroscopic Myomectomy Procedure to be Televised into 56th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 General News J E 4
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 5 California Fertility Partnersannounced today that Dr. Charles M. March will perform a live hysteroscopicmyomectomy telesurgery at the Surgery Center of Santa Monica, on Tuesday,May 6, 2008, that will be simultaneously televised into the 56th annualclinical meeting of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists(ACOG) in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be a live interactive sessionwhere attendees will be able to ask Dr. March questions throughout theprocedure. Video footage of the surgery is available upon request.

"I am honored that I have been invited to perform this live surgery. Isee hundreds of women each year who are struggling with infertility or otheruterine issues and who turn to me for answers," said Dr. March of CaliforniaFertility Partners. "For years I have struggled to improve surgical outcomesand with continuous improvements in training, techniques and equipment, I hopeto make further headway in this area."

The need for hysteroscopic myomectomy, a procedure in which uterinefibroids are surgically removed from the interior of the uterus, is on therise. This increase is happening for two reasons:

Uterine fibroids are the most common, benign tumors in women ofchildbearing age, but no one knows exactly what causes them. They can befrustrating to live with when they cause symptoms. Not all women with fibroidshave symptoms, but some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids alsocan put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination. Fibroids changethe wall of the uterus and can sometimes cause infertility or repeatmiscarriages. For these reasons women turn to surgical procedures such asmyomectomies. It is important to note that African American women are roughlythree times more likely than white women to develop fibroids.

The benefit of a myomectomy is that it allows the uterus to be left inplace and, for some women, makes pregnancy more likely than before. Myomectomyis the preferred fibroid treatment for women who want to become pregnant.There are many different types of methods that can be used to remove fibroidsin the uterus and the method chosen is based on the size, location, and numberof fibroids. Hysteroscopy can be used to remove fibroids on the inner wall ofthe uterus that have not remained deeply embedded in the uterine wall.

Education in the medical community regarding this procedure is important.Because the number of hysteroscopic myomectomies is going up it is importantto use techniques and equipment which minimize injury to the surroundinguterine lining. Such damage can lead to scar formation (commonly calledAsherman's Syndrome or intrauterine adhesions) which can be especiallydifficult to treat when it develops after myomectomy surgery.

Dr. March has performed more than 8,000 hysteroscopic surgeries in thepast 35 years. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology andfellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. In 2001 hewas honored as a "Pioneer in Hysteroscopy" by the American Association ofGynecologic Laparoscopists.

About California Fertility Partners

California Fertility Partners is a medical practice dedicated to theevaluation and treatment of male and female reproductive issues. Ourphysicians are fellowship trained in Reproductive Endocrinology andInfertility and have been at the forefront of this highly specialized area ofmedicine for over twenty-five years. It is our goal to provide comprehensiveand compassionate fertility care. For more information:http://www.californiafertilitypartners.com/-- More women are desiring to become pregnant later in life when there is an increased chance of fibroids occurring (fibroids typically occur in the late 30s or 40s). -- Women who develop fibroids are now turning to this surgery to save them from having to have a hyst
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