Minimally Invasive Surgery Approach for Hysterectomy

Hospital length of stay, pain, infection, blood loss and speedier return to work and daily activities are all superior for laparoscopic hysterectomy and vaginal hysterectomy compared with the abdominal approach, however the utilization of these minimally invasive surgical approaches to hysterectomy remain low.
Given patients usually prefer minimally invasive surgery options, these low utilization rates suggest a lack of knowledge about minimally invasive surgery options present for hysterectomies. This presentation will review the patient criteria; strategies to increase competency and identify resources as well as evaluate the risk-benefit ratio for minimally invasive surgery.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Evaluate the risk-benefit ratio of minimally invasive surgery versus traditional surgery for hysterectomy on quality indicators including length of stay, infection, quality, and financial outcomes
  2. Apply strategies to increase the competency and support for minimally-invasive surgery
  3. Compare the robotic approach for hysterectomy to traditional minimally invasive surgery
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of gynecological cancers

Faculty Listing
Richard N. Waldman, MD, FACOG
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
Practicing Physician
Associates for Women’s Medicine
Syracuse, NY

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Faculty Disclosure
Richard N. Waldman, MD, FACOG has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Activity Planner Disclosures
All of the planners reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Reviewer Disclosures
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships.

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  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and nurses who have an interest in optimal management for patients undergoing a hysterectomy.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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