2014 Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery


Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgery
Course Description
Schedule of Events
Course Directors
Course Objectives
Continuing Medical Education

Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology partnered with the 6th Annual Seminar on Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgery with hands-on workshops on laparoscopic suturing and knot-tying. The 6th Annual Seminar was held Dec. 11-12, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, NY.

Course Description

This two-day seminar and hands-on workshop was designed to educate attendees in the art and science of laparoscopic suturing and knot-tying, as well as provide step by step techniques for performing laparoscopic, robotic-assisted hysterectomy and complicated gynecological pathology (i.e. endometriosis, myoma, pelvic masses, and adhesions). The collaborative model with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology was established in an effort to help attendees make informed clinical decisions by implementing practical and evidence-based suggestions that maximize patient care. Attendees were able to explore how the Gynecologic Oncologist’s experience and expertise can influence the GYN practice, elevate surgical skills and improve overall outcomes.

The seminar’s curriculum is a continuum of didactics followed by hands-on training sessions in a repetitive and increased fashion, reaffirming and maximizing technical skill development. The hands-on session includes instruction and performance of extracorporeal knots, intracorporeal knots, slip knots, and the use of barbed sutures; in addition, all attendees received one-to-one instruction on the da Vinci robot and a simulator.

Lectures were evidence-based and include extensive surgical videos of laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hysterectomy and myomectomy, supracervical hysterectomy, and retroperitoneal dissection from expert faculty. The course also included interactive live surgeries of mini-laparoscopy and robotic-assisted hysterectomy which will reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired from the earlier didactic sessions. Additional topics included laparoscopic, robotic and hysteroscopic myomectomy, treatment of intrauterine pathology, pelvic reconstruction, as well as normal and abnormal anatomy and complications.

Schedule of Events

Click here to view the Schedule of Events for the 6th Annual Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgery.

Course Directors

The general chair, Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, with scientific program co-chairs Camran Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Ceana Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, bring together the latest in minimally invasive and robotic surgery to discuss late-breaking surgical techniques in the field and receive education programming.

Course Objectives

  • Laparoscopic & Robotic Hysterectomy: Step-by-Step
  • Enhance Performance and Achieve Proficiency in Suturing and Knot-Tying Techniques
  • Improve Surgical Efficiency, Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction, Decrease Risks of Complications, and Cut Costs
  • Safe n’ Simple: Create Bladder Flap, Remove Cervix, Repair Bladder, Bowel & Ureter Injury
  • Safe Tissue Morcellation & Extraction
  • The Role of Laparoscopic & Robotic-assisted Radical Hysterectomy & Lymphadenectomy and Ovarian Cancer
  • Advances in Gynecologic Surgery: Technology and Instruments in Robotic Surgery
  • Open Forum Discussions with Experts: Tips & Tricks, Pearls & Pitfalls of Suturing
  • Live Surgery Telecasts and Video Sessions
  • Introduction to da Vinci XI Robotic System
  • da Vinci Robot Test Drive & Mimic Simulation Training

At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  1. Assess the treatment options for patients presenting for minimally invasive approach for hysterectomy;
  2. Describe patient positioning and port-placement for laparoscopic and robotic-assisted hysterectomy;
  3. Identify different docking and selection of proper instrumentation for robotic platform;
  4. Describe step-by-step approach to a straightforward and difficult vaginal hysterectomy;
  5. Predict, prevent and manage complications, including ureter, bladder, bowel and vascular injuries in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery;
  6. Apply the fundamental techniques in laparoscopic and robotic suturing using different sutures including barbed sutures.

Target Audience
Educational activities are developed to meet the needs of surgical gynecologists in practice and in training, as well as other allied health care professionals in the field of gynecology.

Continuing Medical Education

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education to physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Elements of the ACCME.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
SGO designates this educational activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation at this meeting.

CME Compliance
ACCME accreditation is the mark of quality continuing medical education (CME) activities that are planned, implemented and evaluated in accordance with ACCME’s policies. SGO has earned full accreditation from ACCME. Acquiring this status ensures that SGO’s educational activities and products are free of commercial bias and based on valid content. Activities that are designated with CME credit assure the medical community and the public that such activities provide physicians with information that can assist them in maintaining or improving their practice of medicine. An important element of ACCME compliance is disclosing and resolving any potential conflicts of interest between a presenter and a corporate entity. SGO Council approved policies that state all individuals participating in a CME activity must disclose any financial relationships through a mechanism included in SGO’s Conflict of Interest Resolution Policy. Protecting and maintaining SGO’s accreditation status is vital for the continued success of SGO’s educational offerings. Activities and products with CME attached equate to fair and balanced education experience.