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Hi-Tech Advances the Practice of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at AAGL Global Congress
Date:11/6/2008

ly invasive principle even further, N.O.T.E.S. (Natural Orifices Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery) procedures do not use any incisions at all. Instead, a specialized scope and flexible surgical instruments are passed through the body's natural openings such as the mouth or vagina to access internal organs. This very new field stands to revolutionize endoscopic surgery. Experience with applying the N.O.T.E.S. techniques in gynecology was presented by French surgeons.

Outpatient Procedures. Because of minimally invasive techniques, many procedures that previously required hospitalization can now be done on an outpatient basis, including hysterectomies. Data were presented on hundreds of cases of both total and supracervical hysterectomies that were successfully completed as same-day surgeries. The doctors reported low rates of complications and high rates of patient satisfaction and concluded that outpatient hysterectomy is feasible, safe, and suitable for a large number of patients.

"Technology has radically changed the way surgeons practice medicine," said Dr. Pasic. "The AAGL Congress is an international forum where specialists in minimally invasive gynecology not only learn about today's cutting-edge techniques, but also become inspired for tomorrow."

The 37th annual Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology was held by the AAGL October 28 through November 1.

About AAGL

The AAGL is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to gynecologic endoscopic surgery. Founded in 1971, AAGL works to advance the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, innovation, and dialogue. For the past 36 years, the organization has educated the world's finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere. This global commitment to women's health care is embodied in their continu
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