Highlights From the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists 32nd Annual Meeting

Mark D. Levie, MD


December 15, 2003

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This year's annual meeting of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 18-22, 2003. As this Association has evolved, it has become an international society not only dealing with laparoscopy but with all forms of minimally invasive gynecologic procedures; therefore, it was put forward to the members to change the name from AAGL to the Minimally Invasive Gynecology Society or MIGS.

One of the major issues discussed at this meeting was the management of uterine fibroids. Francis L. Hutchins, Jr, MD (Libertyville, Illinois), chaired a panel discussion entitled "The Obsolescence of Hysterectomy for the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids." An expert panel reviewed some of the promising nonsurgical and surgical therapies that will likely challenge the future utility of hysterectomy for uterine fibroids. In addition, global endometrial ablation techniques and the new hysteroscopic procedure for permanent sterilization were discussed. These topics are reviewed in this report.


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