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Women's Health

Gynecology research

Recently completed studies

Removal of the uterus using two different medical devices

Hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus and cervix, is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in women. A total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), is performed through small cuts on the belly. Different devices to improve surgical outcomes are available, but they have never been compared. In this study two currently approved devices for removing the uterus and opening the vagina at the time of TLH were compared: Hohl manipulatorĀ® and Colpo-Probeā„¢. Use of the Hohl manipulatorĀ® resulted in shorter operative time. Further studies comparing uterine manipulators are warranted to find the optimal instrument for ease of surgery and decreased electricity spread. Learn more about this study.

Improving education of gynecology students

Physician training programs do not have enough simulation training (training that uses a test or mock version of a situation that a patient may go through). Research shows that simulation training improves operating room performance and health outcomes for patients. In this study, the goal was to develop and validate a comprehensive training curriculum in a simulation environment for gynecologic laparoscopy. After comparing students who received conventional training versus simulation training, we found that participation in a comprehensive simulation-based training for gynecologic laparoscopy leads to a greater improvement in knowledge and technical performance in the operating room compared with conventional training. Learn more about this study.

Female pelvic medicine and surgery in Canada

Research shows that specific physician training with high volumes of technically difficult surgeries, or high risk care, improves patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the current status of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery in Canada, including level of training, practice patterns, barriers to practice and opinions among obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and urologists.

Electronic surveys were handed out to 737 OB/GYNs through the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and to 489 urologists through the Canadian Urological Association.

Complete responses were collected from 301 (41 per cent) OB/GYNs and 39 (8 per cent) urologists.

OB/GYNs reported low case volumes and cited inadequate training in residency as a barrier to surgically managing pelvic floor disorders. Most respondents felt that reconstructive surgery should be a subspecialty. Learn more about this study.