March 5, 2014
A recent case of dissemination of an occult uterine leiomyosarcoma in a patient with uterine fibroids has given rise to a discussion about the use of power morcellators in gynecology. We understand the concerns that have been raised and we sympathize deeply with those individuals who have been seriously impacted.
The AAGL is reviewing the scientific evidence and best practices reported by our members to provide readily accessible, comprehensive information to our members. Look for an announcement about this in the near future. We recognize that in rare cases the use of power morcellators can lead to the dissemination of an occult malignancy of endometrial or myometrial origin, and also of dissemination of benign morcellated tissues. We encourage our members to fully research and understand the risks of power morcellation and to learn more about when alternative methods of tissue extraction may be appropriate. ( READ MORE )
March 3, 2014
The AAGL Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Arnold P. Advincula, M.D., invites you to submit an abstract or a video for presentation at the 43rd AAGL Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. This year the meeting is November 17-21, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
WATCH A REPLAY: Roundtable on the Development, Evolution, Current, and Future Role of Robotic SurgeryMarch 2, 2014
AAGL SurgeryU presented a live panel discussion on the development, evolution, current, and future role of robotic surgery. This event took place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 9am Eastern Time and was webcast live on SurgeryU. The event originated from the 23rd Annual Workshop on Minimally Invasive Gynecology for Residents, Fellows and New MIG Specialists in Chicago, IL.
The panelists for the event were Dr. Jon Ivar Einarsson, Dr. Ted Lee, and Dr. Arnold Advincula.
February 25, 2014
The Single-Site hysterectomy requires meticulous dissection, one side at a time, and selective coagulation/sealing of vessels with minimal bedside assistance. The pararectal space is well developed and the ureter dissected off the peritoneum before the round ligament is transected. All bleeding vessels are coagulated prior to colpotomy. Dissection is performed with the fenestrated bipolar grasper in arm 1 and the monopolar cautery hook in arm 2. For vaginal cuff closure, the fenestrated bipolar is kept in arm 1 and a needle holder is placed in arm 2. Use of a 2-0, barbed, 9-12″ absorbable suture on a 24mm-35mm reverse cutting needle is recommended.
Inspiring Young Minds: AAGL SurgeryU Presents Live Surgical Webcast at The Congress of Future Medical LeadersFebruary 24, 2014
Recently in Washington, D.C., AAGL SurgeryU presented a live surgical demonstration to a group of 5000 high school students who aspire to be future physicians and attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The event took place on February 15, 2013 at 11am Eastern Time, and featured a live transmission of a robotically-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy being performed by Dr. Charles Miller at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. ( READ MORE )