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Scott C. 01-19-2011 03:37 PM

Interventional Radiologist
Good Morning!

I recently had an embolization procedure performed on my right hand for an a.v.m. that will require maintenance.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Rosen at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. It was a bit more than what I was expecting, but so far things are coming along nicely. Just a personal opinion on mine and my Wifes part, but I do need to mention that Dr. Rosen seems to know his expertise quite well. Very easy going demeaner, can look at an angiogram and in less than a minute can very confidently explain whats going on and what needs to be done. He treats many a.v.m.'s on an almost daily basis.
An interesting aspect about his embolization procedure is that he performed the procedure while I was placed under general anithesia. If required, he uses a direct stick to occlude vessles with glue.
I had met with other Radiologists to reveiw my case-none feeling that they could succesfully perform the procedure due to the serpentine and tortuous nature of the arteries in my hand, but Dr. Rosen assured me that he could accomplish what needed to be done. And he did.
After the embolization was completed, I did have some swelling for a few days, but that has subsided and is now non-existant.
I am scheduled for a follow-up visit in February and hopefully I won't need another procedure for a few years or so.

Wishing a pleasant New Year for everyone,


missy 01-20-2011 12:38 AM

Hi Scott!

Thanks so much for posting your experiences. It will help other patients who have no idea what to expect.

Dr. Rosen rocks, does he not? We're lucky to have his talents and very pleased he could help you.

And a Happy New Year to you too!


Scott C. 01-21-2011 08:01 PM

Not a problem at all. Knowing first hand how frustrating finding someone who can treat an a.v.m. is, well, the more information one has, the better off for anyone suffering with one is.
Surprisingly there was not a Radiologist at Bostons Beth Isreal who felt that mine could be embolized, or should I say "not be able to reach the affected area with a catheter" (my words).
Dr. Rosen was the first person that mentioned a direct injection of glue. I had never heard of that one before. I am hoping (selfish of me) that he never relocates farther away geographically from where I reside. Quite a trip there-10 hours on Amtrak one way. I realize some people travel from different continents to see him and that I don't have it that bad lol.
In a nutshell, he is top shelf in our book!
.....and thanks for your help with the forum earlier!


missy 01-22-2011 12:52 AM


So glad everything worked out for you! And we exist to help. Remember to keep coming by and helping other patients, though... someone who has been there always has the best ear to listen.


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