PG26: Hysteroscopy For The REI Surgeon: Indications, Procedures and Hands-on Experience

Date:October 13, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 212 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Steven F. Palter, M.D. (Chair), Gold Coast IVF

Keith B. Isaacson, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Jeffrey M. Goldberg, M.D., Cleveland Clinic


Developed in Cooperation with the Society of Reproductive Surgeons

ACGME Competency
Patient care 

Hysteroscopic surgery is the main modality available to treat anatomic uterine disorders, yet many expert reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) surgeons are limited in hysteroscopic expertise and lack familiarity with new technological advances. This live course has been designed for reproductive surgeons who want to advance their hysteroscopic skills by becoming familiar with the major diseases that can be treated and the new technological instrumentation available. Surveys of reproductive surgeons have consistently demonstrated greater utilization of laparoscopy than hysteroscopy despite the fact that both are basic endoscopic tools learned in postgraduate training.

Technological advances have produced many new therapeutic options designed to simplify and increase the safety of hysteroscopic surgery. Major advances have made procedures less invasive and have enabled more office-based therapeutics. Many practitioners are unsure if they should implement these new tools into their practice and who are the ideal candidates for them. 

A hands-on course offers the bridge between didactic learning and actual practical familiarity with hysteroscopic tools and procedures for reproductive surgeons. This course will give participants the knowledge when to perform hysteroscopic surgery for a variety of classical and new indications and then the basic skills of using the gamut of instrumentation now available. The faculty will demonstrate and then assist attendees in learning these procedures. While didactic lectures will improve attendee knowledge, the hands-on components will directly lead to improvement in skills and allow participants to choose which tools to implement into their practice.

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different techiniques of uterine cavity assessment, including hysterosalpingography, vaginal ultrasound, sonohysterography, and office hysteroscopy, and diagnose uterine anomalies that impact fertility.
  2. Summarize when to treat myomas, describe various new treatment options, and counsel patients regarding treatment options for uterine anomalies.
  3. Choose between the methods and new technologies for hysteroscopically correcting conditions such as uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, and synechiae as well as congenital uterine anomalies.
  4. Assemble, disassemble, and troubleshoot commonly used and advanced hysteroscopic tools.
  5. Demonstrate hysteroscopic techniques, including diagnostic procedures, myomectomy, polypectomy, lysis of adhesions, and septum repair. 


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