AAGL Member Update: FDA Issues Safety Communication on Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation in Hysterectomy and MyomectomyApril 21, 2014
Last week the Food and Drug Administration released a communication regarding the use of laparoscopic uterine power morcellation in hysterectomy and myomectomy:
The AAGL recognizes the role of the FDA in regulating the use of medical devices and in protecting the interests of patients. We share the FDA’s concern for patient safety. To this end, the AAGL recently convened a task force of experts to undertake a thorough and deliberate review of the scientific literature regarding uterine tissue extraction and alternative treatment options for uterine fibroids. The task force’s extensive evidence-based report is in its final stages and will be available to our membership and the public in the coming weeks. ( READ MORE )
April 15, 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.
March 25, 2014
Since its inception, the AAGL has striven to continually innovate and educate physicians worldwide so that women will always have the least invasive surgical options available without compromise to the most optimal outcomes in gynecologic surgery. Recently, much attention has been turned towards the clinical practice of power-driven (battery & electrical) mechanical morcellation for the intra-corporeal removal of tissue, typically uteri and leiomyomata. The basis for this attention has been the rare, yet very real risk of uterine leiomyosarcoma which, if inadvertently morcellated, carries potentially serious implications, depending on the clinical scenario.
Although this particular uterine malignancy is rare, statistics about just how many women may be at risk vary widely (1 in 1,000 to 1 in 400) depending on the source and interpretation of the current literature. Further compounding the situation is the difficulty in pre-surgical diagnosis of this malignancy, when compared to other gynecologic malignancies such as endometrial cancer. ( READ MORE )
March 17, 2014
AAGL has just launched its new “AAGL Expert Talks” series here on AAGL.org. This video series features presentations on minimally invasive gynecologic surgery by noted experts in the field, and will offer viewers the opportunity to earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by watching the videos and then completing a short post-test. The videos in the AAGL Expert Talks series were captured at the 42nd AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology last November in Washington, D.C.
Join Us for the 16th Annual Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and MIS – May 16-17, 2014 at the University of LouisvilleMarch 8, 2014
We hope you’ll join us for the 16th Annual Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and MIS, happening this May at the University of Louisville. This CME course is designed for gynecologists with advanced laparoscopic skills who wish to expand their knowledge of retroperitoneal and Space of Retzius anatomy and the various surgeries performed therein. This extensive two-day course will expose the participants to the knowledge and expertise of world-renowned laparoscopic surgeons who will guide them through didactics and hands on cadaveric sessions utilizing unembalmed female cadavers.