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Should the Exit Age for Cervical Cancer Screening Be Extended?
The highest rates of cervical cancer occur in women aged 65 to 69, according to new estimates. This suggests that screening guidelines may need to be reconsidered.
The Decline of the Preferred Approach to Hysterectomy
Vaginal hysterectomies are associated with superior patient outcomes and cost less than other methods of hysterectomy. So why is their rate of use declining?
Improved Training Is Key to Better Outcomes for Robotic Surgery
The reported outcomes for the da Vinci robot have been disappointing, but a new study shows that surgeons can achieve expert-level results using the Morristown Protocol.
AAGL 2013: Are IUDs a Good Medical Intervention Before Surgery?
The levonorgestrel IUD is particularly helpful in patients with abnormal uterine bleeding who require an interval therapy before surgery can be performed, Harvard physicians find.
AAGL 2013: Risk of Morcellating Abnormal Uterine Pathology “Considerable”
New research exposes a need for preoperative screening of even low-risk women undergoing robotic sacrocolpopexy, particularly those with risk factors such as obesity or diabetes.
AAGL 2013: Surgical Volume Affects Risk of Lower Urinary Tract Injury, Evidence Suggests
Surgeons who perform a high volume of hysterectomies each year are less likely to injure the lower urinary tract during surgery.
AAGL 2013: Maintaining Surgical Proficiency Is Just as Important as Achieving It
Data show that maintaining surgical proficiency results in better outcomes for laparoscopic hysterectomy. The magic number for maintenance: 20 procedures a year.
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