Exhibitors

Event Schedule

  • 12 November
  • 13 November
  • 14 November
  • 15 November
  • 16 November

CooperSurgical

Platinum Sponsors
CooperSurgical is pleased to be sponsoring Wednesday morning’s breakfast symposium, “Tips and Techniques for Optimizing Laparoscopic Hysterectomy” - featuring Drs. Arnold Advincula and Craig Sobolewski. We also welcome you to visit booth #609 to experience our products and systems for minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.

Hologic, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products. The company’s core business units focus on diagnostics, breast health, GYN surgical, and skeletal health. With a unified suite of technologies and a robust research and development program, Hologic is dedicated to The Science of Sure.

Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
KARL STORZ is a leading provider of minimally invasive surgical products to support hospital and office-based gynecological procedures. Our technologies range from our flexible and rigid hysteroscopes to Minilaparoscopy sets that help reduce trauma by requiring smaller incisions, as well as the ENDOCAMELEON® laparoscope offering a variable direction of view.

Medtronic

Platinum Sponsors
As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the lives and health of millions of people each year.We use our deep clinical, therapeutic, and economic expertise to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare systems today. Let’s take healthcare Further, Together. Learn more at Medtronic.com.

Olympus America Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
Olympus Medical Systems Group, a division of global technology leader Olympus, develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and early stage lung cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare. For more information visit Olympus at www.medical.olympusamerica.com.

AbbVie

Gold Sponsors
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.

AbbVie

Gold Sponsors
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.

Boston Scientific

Gold Sponsors
Boston Scientific’s minimally invasive solutions are advancing care for women. Our portfolio provides quality products and healthcare solutions so your patients can get back to life.

Visit our exhibit to learn about the latest advancement in hysteroscopic tissue removal along with our products for the treatment of menorrhagia, pelvic floor disorders and female stress urinary incontinence.

Ethicon US, LLC

Gold Sponsors
Ethicon US LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, commercializes a broad range of innovative surgical products, solutions and technologies used to treat some of today’s most prevalent medical issues, such as: colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity. Learn more at www. ethicon.com, or follow us on Twitter @Ethicon.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Intuitive Surgical is the global leader in minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery. Its da Vinci®Surgical System – with a 3D-HD vision system and EndoWrist® instrumentation – enables surgeons to offer a minimally invasive approach for a range of complex procedures. da Vinci is used in more than 3,500 hospitals around the world.

Bayer Healthcare, LLC

Silver Sponsors
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.

Minerva Surgical

Silver Sponsors
The Minerva Endometrial Ablation System delivers the result patients are asking for…Zero Bleeding. Recent market research suggests that 90% of women interested in an endometrial ablation prefer Zero Bleeding to a significant reduction in bleeding. Minerva produced a zero bleeding rate of 72%, twice as high as the nearest competitor in a separate, but similar, randomized controlled study for FDA approval. The new MINERVA ES device features proprietary Extension Tubes that flow CO2 to the array tips, and utilizes just 40 watts of modulated power, for a truly customized ablation.
Visit: www.minervasurgical.com to learn more about MINERVA ES.

Teleflex Medical

Silver Sponsors
Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We believe that every patient deserves less trauma, and our surgical portfolio provides percutaneous, ligation, and fascial closure solutions to push the limits of minimally invasive surgery.

TransEnterix, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
TransEnterix is a medical device company that is pioneering the use of robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery by addressing the clinical and economic challenges associated with current laparoscopic and robotic options. Through “responsible robotics,” we have addressed the constraints of value-based healthcare to optimize outcomes.

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation

Silver Sponsors
Richard Wolf Medical Instruments is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through innovation in endoscopy. For over 100 years, Richard Wolf has pursued endoscopic solutions focused on improving surgical results while reducing patients’ trauma. In the pursuit of the spirit of excellence, Richard Wolf prides itself on quality and innovation.

Baxter HealthCare

Bronze Sponsors
Baxter's BioSurgery business unit offers a comprehensive
line of biologic and synthetic products that advance
surgical care. BioSurgery specializes in intra-operative
wound and tissue management and aims to improve
surgical practice. The portfolio comprises products for
hemostasis, sealing, staple line reinforcement, soft tissue
repair, and bone graft substitution.

Blue Endo

Bronze Sponsors
BLUE ENDO® will display innovative technologies for minimally invasive surgery specializing in hysterectomy and myomectomy, including contained laparoscopic tissue extraction technology. Other items on display will be the ClearView Uterine Manipulator, the Blue Box and a variety of specialty products for robotic and traditional laparoscopic surgery.

CONMED Corporation

Bronze Sponsors
CONMED specializes in the development of advanced surgical devices to minimize the impact of surgery on patients, from the AirSeal® iFS System, HelixAR™ Electrosurgical Generator, to Low Impact Instruments™. In addition, CONMED strives to protect healthcare professionals with ClearView™ and the GoldVac™ Smoke Pencil that reduce hazards of surgical smoke.

LiNA Medical

Bronze Sponsors
LiNA Medical® is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of safe, simple and innovative devices for minimally invasive gynecology that improve clinical outcome and reduce the overall costs to the society. LiNA manufactures the OperåScope™ single-use operative hysteroscope, the Librata™ cordless balloon ablation device, the Xcise™ cordless laparoscopic morcellator as well as the LiNA Bipolar Loop™ and LiNA Gold Loop™ for laparoscoipic supracervical hysterectomy. For more information please visit our booth #901.

3D Systems Simbionix

Exhibitors
3D Systems offers comprehensive training solutions for Women’s Health professionals. Demo virtual reality simulators and practice robotic skills and complete procedures, laparoscopic hysterectomy, pelvic and ultrasound exams including the new fully immersive ultrasound VR experience. Learn more at www.simbionix.com or request a demo at your institution at healthcare@3dsystems.com.

3-Dmed

Exhibitors
3-Dmed’s primary focus is to provide Learning through Simulation. We continue to enhance and expand our product line through innovation. Check out our selection of laparoscopic simulation models. We also offer custom solutions too.

Acessa Health Inc.

Exhibitors
Acessa Health Inc. is a women’s health innovator dedicated to advancing minimally invasive, uterine-sparing solutions for women with symptomatic fibroids. Acessa is a safe and effective alternative to both hysterectomy and myomectomy, where physicians use a laparoscopic instrument to deliver radiofrequency energy to fibroids. After the procedure, treated fibroids shrink and are reabsorbed by surrounding tissue. FDA cleared Acessa can treat almost all sizes and locations, on an outpatient basis, allowing women return to normal activity in days vs. weeks compared to other methods.

Advanced Endoscopy Devices, Inc.

Exhibitors
Introducing new AED ENDOPRO-CAM™. AED offers a full line of High Resolution Endoscopes for Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy. Precise Lap Forceps are available in 5 mm & 10 mm and also for Bariatric surgery. G Series Trocars and Cannulas are reusable and very cost effective. Tru-Vu Slim Line Hysteroscope features a 5FR Channel and can be used for Office Procedures. Since 1985, AED has been one of the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing, repairing, and servicing of endoscopy products, general instrumentation, and ancillary items.

AEGEA Medical

Exhibitors
AEGEA Medical was granted FDA approval of the AEGEA Vapor System for endometrial ablation to treat menorrhagia. The AEGEA Vapor System uses natural water vapor to deliver a safe, effective and quick endometrial ablation procedure that has been demonstrated for use in an office setting.

Aesculap

Exhibitors
Aesculap offers a wide variety of laparoscopic instruments that improve surgical performance and patient care during minimally invasive surgery. The portfolio of products includes a comprehensive range of reusable and reposable gynecologic
instruments such as needle holders, graspers, scissors and forceps. Aesculap’s portfolio also includes a range of advanced energy devices for advanced gynecologic procedures. Visit the booth today to learn more about Aesculap’s best-inclass
products.

Allergan

Exhibitors
Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), is a bold, global pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world.
For more information, visit Allergan’s website at www.Allergan.com.

Allergan

Exhibitors
Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), is a bold, global pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world.
For more information, visit Allergan’s website at www.Allergan.com.

Alma Lasers

Exhibitors
Alma Lasers is a global innovator of laser, light-based, radiofrequency and ultrasound solutions for the aesthetic and surgical markets. We enable practitioners to offer safe and effective procedures while allowing patients to benefit from state-of- the-art, clinically proven technologies and treatments.

Applied Medical

Exhibitors
Applied Medical is dedicated to developing and providing technologies that enable advanced surgical procedures and optimize patient outcomes. It is our mission to achieve this while also reducing healthcare costs and offering unrestricted choice. Applied is committed to advancing minimally invasive surgery by offering clinical solutions and sophisticated training, including workshops, symposia and our simulation-based training programs.

Boehringer Laboratories, LLC

Exhibitors
Boehringer Laboratories is a privately owned, FDA registered medical device company located in Phoenixville, PA. We currently provide devices in the areas of anesthesia, respiratory therapy, autologous blood recovery, suction controls and minimally invasive surgery. We take great pride in our ability to innovate and provide our customers with safe and efficacious products.

Brainchild Surgical Devices

Exhibitors
Brainchild Surgical is an innovative, class leading manufacturer of cutting edge surgical devices. We are proud to introduce the newest addition to our lineup: the Lapro-Shark™ port site closure system. We invite you to booth #232 to take the Lapro-Shark™ for a spin and finally stop the port closure struggle.

Buffalo Filter

Exhibitors
Buffalo Filter LLC, a Filtration Group company, is a world leading medical device manufacturer of laparoscopic visibility and surgical smoke evacuation solutions. With a mission to improve healthcare safety, Buffalo Filter is constantly raising the bar and setting new standards for the creation of superior products. Visit Booth 833 to learn more about our laparoscopic visibility solutions.

Caldera Medical

Exhibitors
Caldera Medical is a Women's Health medical device company which focuses on improving the quality of life for women. Caldera Medical develops, manufactures, and markets differentiated surgical implants for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence (Desara® Sling System) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (Vertessa® Lite).

Channel Medsystems

Exhibitors

ClearPath Surgical, Inc.

Exhibitors

Coloplast

Exhibitors
With a 60-year legacy of commitment and dedication to women’s health, Coloplast offers innovative solutions for the treatment of SUI and POP, featuring products such as the Altis® Single Incision Sling System, Aris® and Supris® full length slings, Restorelle® Y-Contour™, Restorelle DirectFix™ and Axis™ and Suspend® biologic grafts.

Contemporary OB/GYN

Exhibitors
Contemporary OB/GYN is a peer-reviewed journal that translates key advances in the specialty into excellence in day-to-day practice. In print and online, our content reflects the critical thinking of top-tier physician-authors, delivered in concise, compelling and practical articles for clinicians.

D.A. Surgical

Exhibitors
D. A. Surgical patient positioning devices are receiving global recognition for innovation, quality and efficacy. Featuring 2017: TrenGuard™ Trendelenburg No Slide™ Patient Restraint Technology for conventional and robotic assisted laparoscopy with accommodation for patients ranging from infants to bariatrics. Experience our ergonomic PatientGuard™ Robot Stirrups™ and ArmGuard™ No Tuck™ Arm Restraints.

Elmed Incorporated

Exhibitors
ELMED WILL DISPLAY A COMPLETE LINE OF LAPAROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTATION. EQUIPMENT AND INSTRUMENTS FOR HYSTEROSCOPY AS WELL AS OUR WELL KNOWN BIPOLAR AND MONOPOLAR EQUIPMENT WILL BE FEATURED. LAPAROSCOPES AS WELL AS HYSTEROSCOPES AND CAMERA SYSTEMS WILL BE ON DISPLAY. PLEASE VISIT OUR BOOTH AND SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER.

Elsevier

Exhibitors
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care.

Emmy Medical

Exhibitors
Emmy Medical has developed Cystosure® Plus a unique 4-Way urinary catheter allowing comprehensive office evaluation and intraoperative UO assessments. CystoSure® Plus makes office and OR cystoscopy safe, simple, and standardized for all clinicians. In 2018, Emmy will be launching the Kohli catheter that potentially reduces bladder trauma and UTI’s.

Endometriosis Association

Exhibitors
The Endometriosis Association is an international nonprofit organization, founded in 1980, that has provided support, education, and research for 37 years. Along with providing support to those affected by endometriosis, our mission is to educate patient, professional, and public audiences about the disease, and to fund endometriosis research. Research activities include collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, and a long-term research partnership with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Association was instrumental in promoting acceptance of operative laparoscopy and highly supportive of the pioneers of less invasive, more effective surgery. Association President and Executive Director, Mary Lou Ballweg, and the Association have authored numerous publications including four books, scientific articles, and brochures in 31 languages.

Expert Alternatives

Exhibitors
Expert Alternatives is a company that seeks to provide scientifically verified, natural alternative treatments for common gynecologic problems. Fibrova is the first offering from the company. It is a proprietary blend of vitamins D and K as well as green tea extract and chaste berry extract formulated to help control both the symptoms and growth of fibroids.

Femasys

Exhibitors
Femasys is a privately held corporation committed to transforming women's healthcare worldwide by expanding options for women with innovative medical devices and next generation advancements providing significant clinical impact. Additional information about Femasys and the Company’s products can be found at www.femasys.com
Femasys has developed a groundbreaking non-surgical female sterilization solution (FemBloc™ Permanent Contraceptive System*) that allows physicians to deliver exclusively in their office a Biopolymer through a catheter-based Delivery System to permanently block the fallopian tubes in a procedure that substantially reduces patient risks and costs by eliminating the use of anesthesia and permanent implants. The company has also expanded options for women with its two commercially available products for diagnosis of infertility (FemVue®Saline-Air device) and cervical cancer (FemCerv® Endocervical Sampler) that present significant advantages for the patient, physician, and healthcare system.
*FemBloc Permanent Contraceptive System is not commercially available for sale.

FzioMed, Inc.

Exhibitors
FzioMed develops and commercializes absorbable surgical biomaterials based on its patented polymer science, for use in many surgical applications including spine, orthopedics, tendon, peripheral nerve, gynecology and general surgery.

Gynesonics

Exhibitors
Gynesonics believes that women deserve safe, effective, incision-free alternatives to hysterectomy and myomectomy for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids. The Sonata System for Sonography-Guided Transcervical Fibroid Ablation performed by gynecologists is available in Europe and enrollment in the US IDE Pivotal Trial is complete and pending FDA submission.

GYNEX

Exhibitors
Gynex is committed to providing superior, precision-crafted equipment and instruments specifically for vaginal, cervical and uterine procedures. Gynex provides high quality products at competitive pricing to those providing the highest quality services, enhancing the care and improved health of women everywhere.

HealthTronics, Inc.

Exhibitors
HealthTronics, Inc., established in 1989 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, provides mobilized medical technologies and services, as well as physician partnership opportunities. With over 600 employees, the company brings advanced laser, cryoablation, HIFU and lithotripsy technologies and support to healthcare providers throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.healthtronics.com

Hangzhou Kangji Medical Instrument Co., Ltd

Exhibitors
Kangji was established to improve the quality of surgical procedures through advancements in surgical instrument technology.
We offer comprehensive portfolio of reusable and disposable instruments for laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, gynecology, urology specialties.
Our products deliver what today’s highly skilled surgeons are looking for in terms of performance, ergonomics, quality and price.

Karl Storz Endoscopia-Latino America

Exhibitors
KARL STORZ Endoscopia Latino- America Inc., a leader in marketing of endoscopic equipment and instruments and products that emphasize visionary design and precision craftsmanship. We sell Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy product lines including new and pre-owned certified instruments and equipment to our Latin American and Caribbean customers.

Lasering USA

Exhibitors
V-Lase® is a new photo thermal laser platform, non-surgical, 15 minute, no-downtime procedure that is a pain-free alternative to traditional surgery for treatment of vulva, vaginal atrophy, helping to restore the feel and performance of a woman's intimate life. V-Lase® has been shown to help alleviate burning and painful intercourse, loss of bladder control, vaginal dryness, irritation and itchiness.

V-Lase® by Lasering USA employs the patented CCW technology derived from the MiXto® laser - a 4 time award winning laser technology at The Aesthetic Show.

Lazarus3D

Exhibitors
Lazarus 3D invented a way to prototype soft models with properties very similar to human tissue. This is allowing doctors to rehearse difficult operations before they happen and to improve training in surgery and medicine. Providing overnight custom models of human tissue, we empower clinicians with cutting edge 3D printing capabilities."

Lexion Medical

Exhibitors
LEXION’s innovations include Insuflow® and Synergy® devices in various sizes that condition gas for the patient to maintain core temperature throughout surgery, reduce pain and decrease recovery significantly. PneuVIEW® XE and VeryClear™ smoke removal products remove all hazardous gas created in surgery making the OR safer for all staff.

Limbs and Things

Exhibitors
Limbs & Things was established in Bristol, England in 1990 by medical artist Margot Cooper. The business focuses on the development, manufacture and sale of medical training products for healthcare professionals and students worldwide. We are committed to working in close collaboration with clinicians globally to produce realistic task trainers, that enable more competent and confident professionals, with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing medical error.

Limbs & Things have offices in the UK, US, Australia and Sweden, as well as partnerships with distributors worldwide.

Lumenis, Inc.

Exhibitors
Lumenis offers the most extensive line of laser systems and delivery devices. Whether it’s extreme access, via fiber delivery, or extreme precision, via articulated arm, the UltraPulse™ Duo provides solutions for robotic, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgeries. Lasers have revolutionized the way gynecologists approach Minimally Invasive Surgery, enabling highly precise and, often, less invasive treatment of a wide range of GYN applications. The Lumenis lasers provides superficial and controlled energy delivery for delicate procedures leading to less collateral damage and thereby preserving healthy tissue.

Luminelle

Exhibitors
The Luminelle DTx Hysteroscopy System is a simplified and cost effective operative hysteroscopy system designed for the office setting. The Luminelle system includes a re-usable, slim-line, flexible hysteroscope, a unique disposable 360° viral barrier sheath, and a proprietary illumination algorithm for hysteroscopy . Luminelle DTx will be available in 1Q 2018.

Marina Medical Instruments

Exhibitors
Marina Medical Instruments designs, manufactures, and delivers surgeon-focused solutions for gynecology, urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Our innovative product line consists of diagnostic and surgical instrumentation designed by surgeons for surgeons. Stop by our booth to see our new line of vaginal hysterectomy instrumentation designed by Rosanne Kho, MD. Se habla espanol. Falamos Português.

Medical-X

Exhibitors
MEDICAL-X is an innovative scientific company providing simulated training solutions in various medical fields. Training exercises of MEDICAL-X simulators are developed with cutting edge technology together with the professional input of expert physicians. The simulators fulfill the demand of healthcare professionals to be able to train clinical skills cost-effectively as well as time-effectively.

Meditrina, Inc.

Exhibitors
Meditrina introduces a compact, plug-and-play office-based endoscopy system that features integrated video, fluid management, and tissue resection. The system is designed to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in an office or outpatient setting. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE OR INVESTIGATIONAL USE.

NeoScope2020

Exhibitors

Mimic Technologies, Inc

Exhibitors
Come try FlexVR™, the most portable and cost-efficient robotic simulator available! Our technologies address core skills, surgical procedures, team-training, and provide customized data analytics to align with your program initiatives.

NeoSurgical

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neoSurgical®
is focused on being the global leader in advancing surgical wound healing. The company’s neoClose® product brings a simple, intuitive and reliable solution to assist the surgeon in closing Laparoscopic port site defects with up to 75% less tension than conventional closure methods. To learn more, visit www.neosurgical.com

Nino Med, LLC

Exhibitors
NinoMed, LLC is a medical device and business analytics company that is passionate about inventing innovative products that provide value by improving patient care, safety and efficiency. Safe-T-Secure® is the Original All-In-One Trendelenburg Patient Positioning Solution for Robotic/Laparoscopic Surgery. www.nino-med.com

OBG Management

Exhibitors
This monthly publication offers reviews of sound, evidence-based best practices that equip ObGyns to provide optimal patient care. Under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief, Robert L. Barbieri, MD, OBG MANAGEMENT is dedicated to the professional development of ObGyns. Articles in print are interactively reinforced with technique and expert commentary videos and audio interviews through www.OBGmanagement.Com.

Optimal Payments LLC

Exhibitors
Optimal Payments offers credit card processing to businesses that accept credit cards. With over a decade of experience in the payments industry, our commitment is to be transparent and earn the trust of our customers. Provide excellent support and services to help you grow your business.
Our service seamlessly integrates with POS, mobile, eCommerce, and online gateways. Whatever is your need, we have a solution. To learn more call 855-842-9502.

Pee Bee India Endoscopy

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Established is 1999 PEE BEE INDIA ENDOSCOPY grew in just a few years with innovative ideas and professional products to become a dependable partner in the global endoscopy instruments market. We offer certified products for hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, gynaecology and urology.www.peebeeindia.com

Sanovas

Exhibitors

Sciton

Exhibitors
Sciton, Inc., located in Palo Alto, California, is a privately owned medical device company that provides advanced laser and light sources to medical professionals worldwide. The Sciton JOULE™ is the world’s first laser and light platform to accommodate three distinct delivery modes for medical, aesthetic and surgical applications: arm, fiber, and BBL. The newest product to use HFL technology, diVa™, continues to expand the broad range of JOULE platform capabilities to address a woman’s most intimate challenges.

Sony Electronics

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Sony Electronics' Healthcare Solutions Division provides quality 2D, 3D, Full HD, 4K and 3D 4K solutions including video cameras, displays, recorders, monitors and printers for medical applications. Long a leader in professional electronics, Sony has harnessed that same expertise to lead medical visualization for over 30 years. Learn more: www.sony.com/medical.

Surgical Lasers, Inc.

Exhibitors
Surgical Lasers Inc. is a global provider of practical, minimally invasive laser systems and fibers for OR and office based gynecological procedures. Our newly launched multi-disciplinary C02 featuring a unique & patented sequential fractional delivery system, enhancing results for aesthetics, gynecological surgery and minimally invasive office-based intimate treatments. The SilkLase C02 facilitates enhanced patient care and profitable practice growth.

Surgical Science, INC.

Exhibitors
The global leader in medical simulation training, Surgical Science offers the only laparoscopic virtual reality system proven to improve performance in the operating room. Using the most advanced modeling technology, validated curricula, uniquely flexible scenarios and challenges, and an intuitive user interface, Surgical Science is committed to enhancing performance through practice.

SurgiTools PTY LTD

Exhibitors
ColpoWave’s raised rotating edge clearly delineates the vaginal fornices and a 20mm margin indicates the ureteric tunnel for easy TLH with clear visual landmarks and physical safety margins. Enjoy Labour-Saving with holding devices for uterine manipulators and laparoscopic cameras. Visit us at Booth 200 to view and play.

Suture Ease, Inc.

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Suture Ease develops and markets innovative technologies that combine efficacy and ease of use for enhancing laparoscopic procedures. Their flagship device, the CrossBow Fascial Closure System, enables reproducible trocar site closure by utilizing a unique "snare guide" technology in combination with a proprietary suture passer.

Tens Technologies

Exhibitors
Tens Technologies offers medical infrared therapy units for the treatment of skin care problems such as acne and rosacea as well as for anti-aging.

The O.R. Company

Exhibitors
The O.R. Company develops, manufactures and supplies high quality, innovative surgical devices — from niche consumables to proprietary surgical instruments — for minimally invasive and open surgery. With a strong focus on gynecology, we identify surgical needs and develop safe and effective products to address these needs.

The Prometheus Group

Exhibitors
Exhibiting our extensive product line to include the Wireless Digital Endoscope Camera, Bladder Ultrasound, 360° Endorectal Ultrasound, Complex Urodynamics, Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation, and Anorectal Manometry with Paradoxical EMG.

Thermi, an Almirall Company

Exhibitors
ThermiVa® is an application that uses controlled radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue with no downtime. ThermiVa applications are non-invasive, non-ablative, and require no anesthesia; they can be performed in your office at your patients’ comfort level. The ThermiVa radiofrequency electrode, designed for use on both internal and external tissues, is disposable, and contoured with a sleek, ergonomic design that is easy-to-use. ThermiVa applications are powered by the versatile ThermiRF and ThermiVa device which have proprietary algorithms that allow physicians to select and control the application temperature, providing continuous RF dosage control.

Viveve

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Viveve Medical, Inc. is a women's health and wellness company passionately committed to advancing new solutions to improve women's overall well-being and quality of life. The internationally patented Viveve® System, that delivers the GENEVEVE™ treatment, incorporates clinically-proven cryogen-cooled, monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) energy-based technology to uniformly deliver volumetric heating while gently cooling surface tissue to generate robust neocollagenesis in one 30-minute in-office session.

Wolters Kluwer

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Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. Our solutions are designed to help professionals build clinical competency and improve practice so that healthcare organizations can succeed in value-based care delivery models. Product solutions include Lippincott, Ovid®, and UpToDate®

ANAT-602: Didactic: A Treasury of Pelvic Anatomy: Sacred Knowledge for Surgical Expertise (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 3

Without a comprehensive familiarity with pelvic anatomy, a gynecologic surgeon is at best destined for mediocrity. True surgical expertise requires a thorough knowledge of anatomy, both to allow for its safe preservation and its exploitation in the management of distorting pathology. This didactic course will present essential knowledge of advanced pelvic anatomy including visceral, vascular, nervous, and connective tissue components. An understanding of retroperitoneal spaces and how to safely work within them will be emphasized. Instruction will focus on how this knowledge is used in surgical procedures with an emphasis on the laparoscopic approach. Beyond review of fundamental concepts, lectures will incorporate video from actual procedures to demonstrate how practical application of these concepts facilitates expert surgery. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify visceral, vascular, nervous and connective tissue anatomic structures within the pelvis; 2) use knowledge of pelvic anatomy to help manage complex gynecologic pathology more safely during surgery; and 3) demonstrate how knowledge of pelvic anatomy facilitates completion of advanced gynecologic surgical procedures.

FELO-608: Didactic: Career Tools for Life: How to Navigate a Successful MIGS Career of Your Dreams (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 10

We all had a dream of becoming an amazing MIGS surgeon and envisioned a career in Gyn surgery, which is what motivated us to pursue a fellowship in MIGS. However, not everyone who completes fellowship gets to where they want to go.  This course provides a panel of speakers who can offer real life experience and advice regarding how to navigate a successful career in MIGS. We will share “career tools” that can be used throughout the life of your career.  These tools are not only essential for starting your career, but also important for building your dream job and long term career. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Consider key components of a MIGS practice relevant to one’s personal career goals; 2) discuss MIGS coding and documentation; and 3) identify strategies for marketing your skills as a leader in your field (clinically, and academically—publishing manuscripts and surgical videos, teaching, mentoring and leading).

ROBO-600: Didactic: Building a World Class Robotic Program: Simulation, Integration, Application and Evaluation (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 4

This course is designed to help both novice and experienced gynecologic surgeons successfully integrate robotic surgery into their armamentarium. Lectures will include discussion on the value of simulation training programs and the economics related to establishing a cost-efficient robotic program. Strategies for managing complex robotic surgeries will be reviewed in detail, along with practical tips that surgeons can implement in their daily clinical practice.  Distinguished faculty includes recognized experts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and their experience with participants. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify the value of training and efficiency through simulation exercises, as well the collaborative approaches in robotic surgery; 2) demonstrate understanding of surgical tips and tricks and management of complications; and 3) discuss the value of cost containment and enhanced recovery protocols.

SAFE-610: Didactic: Optimizing Quality and Patient Safety (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 11

The last five years have marked a sea change in the field of gynecology. Major shifts in treatment paradigms, particularly in gynecologic surgery, have impacted the gynecologists’ approach to managing several conditions. Additionally, the last decade has brought significant advancement and innovation in minimally invasive surgical technology that has revolutionized the surgical approach to benign and cancerous gynecologic disease. During this evolving health care climate, gynecologic surgeons are faced with increasing challenges in determining the best way to manage their surgical patients and practices. These challenges include managing increasingly complex surgical patients and optimizing patient safety and surgical quality. This exciting course will review many of these crucial issues, highlighting evidence-based approaches and practical tips to minimize perioperative adverse events and implement the most progressive surgical care paradigms into practice. Discussion of value-based care in gynecologic surgery, deep venous thrombosis and surgical site infection prophylaxis, enhanced recovery after surgery and same day hysterectomy discharge programs will be emphasized. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Implement best practices in quality, patient safety and value-based care in gynecology surgery; 2) determine the utility of surgical checklists, enhanced recovery after surgery and same day discharge after hysterectomy programs; and 3) demonstrate an understanding of guidelines regarding DVT and SSI prophylaxis and prevention of perioperative adverse events and readmissions.

SUTR-606: Didactic/Sim Lab: Laparoscopic Suturing: Practical Applications for Tissue Re-approximation, Intra-corporeal & Extracorporeal Knot Tying, Barbed Suture, & Suturing Technologies (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 12

This course will provide an introduction to basic and advanced laparoscopic suturing techniques in a dry lab setting and is designed for participants who want to expand their laparoscopic suturing skills. This course will present a variety of techniques for needle loading and tissue re-approximation from different port configurations, using laparoscopic box trainers. Techniques and clinical applications for extra-corporeal and intra-corporeal knot tying, running suturing techniques relevant to vaginal cuff closure, myomectomy, and cystotomy repair will be presented. In addition, various applications of different suture materials, as well as alternative suturing devices and technologies utilized in gynecologic laparoscopy, will be reviewed. Material will be presented using a systematic approach, with emphasis on meeting course objectives. Faculty will provide an interactive environment to meet the needs of the individual participants. Designed to improve suturing skills for immediate clinical application, this course will help the practical gynecologist determine which suturing techniques will work best in his or her surgical practice. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Explain how to overcome the obstacles to laparoscopic suturing and knot tying in relation to depth perception and port placement; 2) reproduce efficient techniques for laparoscopic tissue re-approximation, suture management, and running closures; 3) perform efficient intra-corporeal and extra-corporeal knot tying, recognize the common mistakes encountered and identify how to correct them; and 4) compare and distinguish potential benefits of suturing technologies and devices in laparoscopy.

URO-604: Didactic: Practical Anatomy for Complex Pelvic Surgeries: Things Every Gynecologist and Urogynecologist Should Know (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 5

This course provides a thorough review of essential and relevant surgical anatomy specific to a variety of commonly performed and complex surgical procedures such as hysterectomy, laparoscopy in the setting of endometriosis, Burch urethropexy, sling surgery, presacral neurectomy, lymph node dissection and sacrocolpopexy. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify key anatomic structures crucial to advanced pelvic surgery; 2) demonstrate techniques to avoid complications during pelvic surgery; and 3) integrate knowledge of surgical anatomy into care for patients with pelvic floor disorders.

Luncheon Roundtables (various speakers)

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Eastern Shore

ANAT-603: Cadaveric Lab: Navigating the Retroperitoneum: The Road to Performing Complex Laparoscopic Gynecologic Surgery (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson C

This course provides a hands-on review of the important intraperitoneal and retroperitoneal pelvic anatomy necessary to perform advanced laparoscopic gynecologic surgery. This lab is designed for both beginner and advanced laparoscopic surgeons; lab stations will be assigned by surgical volume. Retroperitoneal anatomy will be reviewed, including demonstration of techniques to expose these important anatomical structures. Techniques for ureteral dissection, management of pelvic bleeding, and dissection of lateral pelvic spaces will be shared and practiced. Participants will be able to complete hysterectomy and practice suturing. Important and useful pearls will be shared by the expert faculty. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify the retroperitoneal anatomy for the dissection of lateral pelvic spaces; 2) clearly locate the course of the ureter to avoid injury; and 3) identify the important vascular and neural anatomic structures of the pelvis and retroperitoneum.

ENDO-609: Didactic: Minimally Invasive Management of Complex Endometriosis: From Imaging Pearls to Fertility-Sparing Surgery to Hysterectomy (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges faced when treating endometriosis and associated gynepathologies. These lectures will summarize current surgical techniques and technologies for the timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of complex endometriosis, with an emphasis on excisional approach, ranging from imaging modalities to candidates for hysterectomy. Fertility-sparing strategies for select cases will be reviewed in detail along with proper techniques for treating cases of multi-organ involvement. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Apply pre‐operative strategies for timely and effective intervention; 2) evaluate proper surgical approach for complex and extrapelvic endometriosis; 3) identify opportunities for fertility-sparing approaches in appropriate cases; and 4) describe the critical need for multidisciplinary care of this enigmatic disease.

PELV-611: Didactic: Pelvic Pain - Making It Right: Effectively Fixing Painful Complications (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 10

Chronic pelvic pain is a common disabling condition seen in up to 15% of female patients.  It may develop as a direct result of many medical and physical conditions.   Often pain worsens and becomes debilitating due to lack of resources or education for patients or their medical caretakers.  Even worse, at times medical practitioners are the direct cause of pain syndromes through surgical or procedural misadventure.  This session will focus on pain syndromes that are caused iatrogenically.  We will focus on ways to avoid these painful complications, as well as how to surgically or non-surgically treat them when they arise. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify painful conditions that develop as a result of iatrogenic causes; 2) properly select surgical and non-surgical methods that effectively treat patients that develop iatrogenic pain issues; and 3) in patients that will undergo procedures, identify those at high risk of iatrogenic pain complications and ways to avoid these complications from occurring.

ROBO-601: Cadaveric Lab: Creating Systematic Proficiency (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson D

This course will provide participants at all levels of experience the unique opportunity to have one-on-one coaching from some of the most highly experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons in our field. The goal of this course is to improve minimally invasive outcomes for surgeons who use the robotic platform; the purpose of this session is to shorten the learning curve for robotic surgeons, enhance their retroperitoneal anatomy awareness and improve their tissue extraction skill set. The robotic platform can be a very powerful tool in the hands of an experienced proficient surgeon. But there are elements unique to this platform that require repetition of excellent technique in order to advance the surgeon’s skill set to prepare for more complex cases. This course will include advanced simulation, cadaveric dissection and hands-on tissue extraction (beef tongue) models, and participants will be coached by experienced robotic surgeons who are proficient in training others. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Operate using the robotic platform with more proficiency; 2) Accurately identify retroperitoneal structures common in gynecologic surgery; 3) extract tissue >500grams using the “ExCITE” (Enclosed Extracorporeal Tissue Extraction) method.

SUTR-607: Didactic/Sim Lab: Laparoscopic Suturing: Practical Applications for Tissue Re-approximation, Intra-corporeal & Extracorporeal Knot Tying, Barbed Suture & Suturing Technologies (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 12

This course will provide an introduction to basic and advanced laparoscopic suturing techniques in a dry lab setting and is designed for participants who want to expand their laparoscopic suturing skills. This course will present a variety of techniques for needle loading and tissue re-approximation from different port configurations, using laparoscopic box trainers. Techniques and clinical applications for extra-corporeal and intra-corporeal knot tying, running suturing techniques relevant to vaginal cuff closure, myomectomy, and cystotomy repair will be presented. In addition, various applications of different suture materials, as well as alternative suturing devices and technologies utilized in gynecologic laparoscopy, will be reviewed. Material will be presented using a systematic approach, with emphasis on meeting course objectives. Faculty will provide an interactive environment to meet the needs of the individual participants. Designed to improve suturing skills for immediate clinical application, this course will help the practical gynecologist determine which suturing techniques will work best in his or her surgical practice. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Explain how to overcome the obstacles to laparoscopic suturing and knot tying in relation to depth perception and port placement; 2) reproduce efficient techniques for laparoscopic tissue re-approximation, suture management, and running closures; 3) perform efficient intra-corporeal and extra-corporeal knot tying, recognize the common mistakes encountered and identify how to correct them; and 4) compare and distinguish potential benefits of suturing technologies and devices in laparoscopy.

URO-605: Cadaveric Lab: Complex Surgical Spaces Demystified with Hands-on Experience: Anatomy Every Gynecologist and Urogynecologist Should Know (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson B

This course provides participants with the opportunity to obtain practical experience with relevant pelvic anatomy including the retropubic, transobturator and presacral spaces.  The course of the ureter will be also be identified using unembalmed cadavers.  This experience is designed to emphasize the important anatomic landmarks to maximize safe and effective surgery during complex procedures including hysterectomy, retropubic and transobturator slings, sacrocolpopexy. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify and demonstrate key anatomic dissection relevant to laparoscopic pelvic floor reconstruction; 2)  integrate hands-on knowledge into procedures performed by pelvic surgeons; and 3) articulate the anatomic borders of retroperitoneal spaces to avoid complications in pelvic surgery.

FMIGS Graduation

07:30 PM 11:00 PM Riverview Ballroom

COMPLX-700: Didactic: Complex Surgical Anatomy and Procedures: A Gynecologic Oncologist?s Perspective on Difficult Benign Procedures (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 11

This course provides an overview of oncologic principles that could benefit the benign pelvic surgeon.  Participants will be given step-by-step strategies to address difficult surgical situations, including: what to do if you find an unsuspected cancer, how to identify normal anatomy with extensive adhesions or endometriosis, how to avoid a vascular injury and management of intra-operative bleeding, and how to avoid bowel and bladder injuries and what to do when they happen. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify patients with an unsuspected malignancy at the time of surgery and determine the appropriate approach to these patients, including what to do at the time of surgery, who to biopsy, and who to refer; 2) identify normal anatomy, even during a difficult dissection, including identification of the avascular spaces in the pelvis, a review of relevant surgical anatomy, and explain techniques to restore normal anatomy; and 3) manage complications by reviewing relevant vascular and pelvic anatomy, including strategies to avoid vascular, bowel and urologic injury, and discuss how to approach surgical injuries when they occur.

HSC-710: Didactic/Simulation Lab: Advanced Operative Hysteroscopy: Expect the Unexpected (Eligible for 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 03:30 PM Woodrow Wilson A

In this 6.5 hour session, internationally recognized operative hysteroscopists will demonstrate a variety of advanced techniques for treating intracavitary pathology. Discover clinical pearls cultivated during their surgical and academic careers that will enable you to improve surgical outcomes and decrease surgical misadventures. Newer operative hysteroscopes increase the versatility in the treatment of large intrauterine leiomyomas, endometrial polyps, Asherman’s syndrome, performance of hysteroscopic sterilization and novel approaches to treatment of isthomoceles. Expect the unexpected during this session: clinical pearls, novel hysteroscopic treatments, strategies to advance your hysteroscopic skills. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Improve operative hysteroscopic outcomes and decrease surgical complications; 2) discuss pros and cons of hysteroscopic techniques that will include traditional hysteroscopic resectoscopy, bipolar and monopolar technology, hysteroscopic tissue retrieval systems (hysteroscopic morcellators) utilizing all current FDA approved devices; 3) identify surgical techniques to increase complete removal submucous leiomyomas, endometrial polyps, and foreign bodies; 4) manage difficult placement of hysteroscopic sterilization devices; 5) describe techniques to navigate a circuitous cervical entry; 6) counsel patients regarding the risks and benefits of operative hysteroscopic treatment options; and 7) discuss transition of operative hysteroscopy to the office.

HYST 702: Didactic: Laparoscopic Hysterectomy from Basic to Complex (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 3

This course is designed to provide the participant with a systematic and comprehensive overview of laparoscopic hysterectomy from leading experts in the field. The course will focus on practical skills that will help surgeons become more efficient and safe, including advanced surgical strategies to tackle more difficult cases (i.e., large fibroid uteri, adhesions, etc.) without conversion. Education will be enhanced by using videos to demonstrate surgical techniques and practical application of these methods. Participants will learn how to bridge the gap that separates novice from expert surgeons through a thoughtful overview of proper surgical technique, retroperitoneal anatomy and safe, reproducible dissection, energy sources, complication avoidance, advanced laparoscopic suturing and the controversy about morcellation. Participants are encouraged to register for the afternoon cadaveric lab, which will provide the opportunity to immediately apply skills learned in the didactic course to the “real world.” At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Comfortably identify anatomical structures and perform fundamental laparoscopic surgical procedures, including but not limited to, identification and dissection of the retroperitoneal space, laparoscopic ureterolysis, advanced laparoscopic suturing; review surgical strategies for success when faced with intra-operative challenges; 2) develop proficiency to identify retroperitoneal anatomy and trace the uterine artery from its origin in the retroperitoneum in order to complete difficult cases and minimize conversion to laparotomy; and 3) employ time-tested tips and tricks to improve surgical efficiency, enhance patient outcomes, and minimize complications.

NEURO-704: Didactic w/Live Cadaveric Demo: Neuropelveology: A Systematic Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Complex Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Neuropathies (Eligible for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 02:30 PM National Harbor 10

This 6-hour theoretical course with live cadaveric dissection will provide a thorough understanding of pelvic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and the neural pathways involved in chronic pelvic and perineal pain, and their implications for an effective, anatomic and etiologically-based diagnosis and treatment. With a didactic strategy of practical and theoretical information running parallel with simultaneous projections of the theory and corresponding live cadaveric dissections, this course will integrate and organize knowledge that is currently scattered in medical literature, providing a practical use for pelvic neuroanatomy in clinical and surgical practice. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Discuss pelvic neuroanatomy on a practical-surgical level, by means of integrated theoretical concepts parallel with cadaveric dissections; 2) incorporate a practical, anatomy-based systematization of the approach to chronic pelvic pain into one’s daily practice; and 3) apply the concepts and guidelines for the treatment of nerve-entrapment syndromes.

SUTR-706: Didactic/Sim Lab: Laparoscopic Suturing: Practical Applications for Tissue Re-approximation, Intra-corporeal and Extracorporeal Knot Tying, Barbed Suture, and Suturing Technologies (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 12

This course provides an introduction to basic and advanced laparoscopic suturing techniques in a dry lab setting and is designed for participants wanting to expand their laparoscopic suturing skills.  This course will present a variety of techniques for needle loading and tissue re-approximation from different port configurations in laparoscopic box trainers.  Techniques and clinical applications for extra-corporeal and intra-corporeal knot tying, as well as running suturing techniques relevant to vaginal cuff closure, myomectomy, and cystotomy repair will be presented.  In addition, various applications of different suture materials and alternative suturing devices and technologies utilized in gynecologic laparoscopy will be reviewed.  This course will aim to present the material in a systematic fashion with concrete and focused objectives throughout the session.  Faculty will provide an interactive environment to meet the needs of the individual, critical to effective learning. This course is designed for the practical gynecologist to help determine which suturing techniques will work best in his or her surgical practice. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Explain how to overcome the obstacles to laparoscopic suturing and knot tying in relation to depth perception and port placement; 2) reproduce efficient techniques for laparoscopic tissue re-approximation, suture management, and running closures; 3) recognize and perform efficient intra-corporeal and extra-corporeal knot tying, recognize common mistakes encountered and explain how to correct them; and 4) compare and distinguish potential benefits of suturing technologies and devices used in laparoscopy.

TEACH-708: Didactic: Become the Master Shifu You Always Wanted to Be (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 5

This course is designed to equip surgeons with an armamentarium of techniques for development and innovation in surgical education. The course will focus on a stepwise approach to developing and implementing a surgical education curriculum. Participants will learn how to assess home learning environments to identify specific needs of the learners. There will be particular focus on surgical skill deconstruction, as well as innovative teaching techniques to capture all learning styles. The course will also review current simulation resources, including practical and economic approaches to incorporate simulation models into a curriculum. The participant will be taught information and techniques that will serve as a framework for immediate incorporation into daily practice. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify gaps in surgical education at his or her institution or practice; 2) apply techniques in focused surgical skill teaching and feedback; 3) assess benefits and limitations of current validated low-fidelity simulation models and how to best employ specific models into a curriculum; and 4) develop a longitudinal surgical education curriculum including simulation, coaching, “on the fly learning,” and structured feedback.  

VHYS-705: Didactic w/Live Cadaveric Demo: Vaginal Hysterectomy: Mastering the Most Minimally Invasive Approach to Hysterectomy and Taking It to the Next Level (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

07:00 AM 11:00 AM National Harbor 4

This course provides a unique perspective for learning vaginal hysterectomy techniques. This didactic course will include not only anatomy relevant to the vaginal surgeon, but also demonstration of both vaginal and abdominal views of vaginal surgery. A live cadaveric demonstration will be used to show both the vaginal and abdominal perspective of a vaginal hysterectomy, which will help learners visualize both points of view as they relate to converting endoscopic hysterectomy to a vaginal approach.  Further didactic sessions will also include apical suspension, morcellation, complications and troubleshooting difficult vaginal surgery. Optimizing vaginal hysterectomy requires the appropriate education and tools to achieve the goal. This session will also demonstrate various tools available for vaginal hysterectomy, including retraction, vessel sealing and visualization. Ultimately, the participant will take home a unique perspective of vaginal surgery, along with an increased breadth of knowledge of available resources for learning vaginal surgery. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Articulate anatomy as it relates to the vaginal surgeon; 2) integrate abdominal and vaginal visualization to recognize the similarities and differences between the two approaches to hysterectomy; and 3) identify ways to minimize complications associated with vaginal hysterectomy.

Hysteroscopy - Operative Hysteroscopy in the Office Setting w/ Dr. Aarathi Cholkeri-Singh and Dr. Samar Nahas

11:15 AM 12:15 PM Maryland Ballroom

COMPLX-701: Cadaveric Lab: Complex Surgical Anatomy/Complications: Approaching the Difficult Surgical Patient (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson D

This course provides experienced minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons with a hands-on opportunity to plan for their next complex patient. While not all complications can be prevented, a thorough understanding of anatomy, coupled with a systematic approach to abdominal entry and retroperitoneal dissection, can prevent complications from occurring – even in high risk patients. These concepts will be reviewed and practiced in this cadaveric lab. Once attendees develop an appreciation of these techniques, they will have the chance to repair bowel and bladder injuries to increase their confidence when facing challenging circumstances. Didactics will focus on preoperative workup, strategies to tackle tough cases, and intraoperative techniques to evaluate for possible injuries. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify patients at high risk for intraoperative complications and develop a plan to evaluate risk preoperatively; 2) demonstrate techniques for abdominal entry and retroperitoneal dissection to reduce the risk of urinary and gastrointestinal injury; and 3) apply techniques to identify and repair intraoperative injuries.

FIBR-712: Didactic: Contemporary Fibroid Therapies and Musical Hits from the 80s: Might There Be an Association? (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 11

This course provides an amazing opportunity for motivated clinicians to sharpen their skills and enable them to provide best-in-care for women with uterine fibroids. Our internationally recognized faculty will make pathogenesis seem fascinating and enliven data-driven strategies, while providing meaningful pearls and guidelines that focus on alternatives to hysterectomy. The session ends in a practical dialogue with participants, allowing for dedicated time with faculty. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Discuss optimal diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the typical patient presenting with uterine fibroids; 2) recommend appropriate medical, surgical and interventional options for women who wish to avoid    hysterectomy; and 3) develop essential skills necessary to provide minimally invasive approaches for more complex patients.

HYST 703: Cadaveric Lab: Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Navigating the Basic and Complex Disease with Ease (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson B

This course provides an opportunity to work with experienced laparoscopic surgeons on honing advanced laparoscopic skills.  To optimize the educational experience, each cadaver will have three participants. Live demonstration on a cadaver will be conducted to allow for direct step-by-step teaching. We will review key anatomical landmarks, establish a systemic approach to laparoscopic hysterectomy including abdominal entry, port placement, approaching the retroperitoneal space, approaching the stuck bladder, and approaching the obliterated posterior cul-de-sac. Participants will be able to utilize various energy modalities for comparison and will be taught strategies to improve their laparoscopic suturing techniques. While the focus will be on straight stick laparoscopy, the same principals can be applied to the robotic approach as well. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Identify landmarks of the retroperitoneal anatomy to facilitate a laparoscopic approach in difficult cases; 2) incorporate strategies to manage unexpected roadblocks in the operating room to successfully achieve a minimally invasive approach; and 3) improve proficiency in laparoscopic suturing.

PUSH-711: Didactic: Shoot for the Moon: Surgical Strategy from the Stars (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 3

This course provides a range of tools for the surgeon who is willing to maximize results in major surgical challenges. Great advances in gynecologic minimally invasive surgery have been achieved, and it seems the sky is the limit around the world. As cases became more complex, a feasible strategic plan is paramount to achieve better results, with fewer complications. Experienced surgeons will present their strategies for challenging rare and common situations, including interactive case discussions, rich video-based presentations, and major outcomes and data. All content will be based on current evidence, and their personal and team experience. Some of the topics to be reviewed in this program include strategies for dealing with extensive adhesiolysis, large uterus approaches, recovering anatomy in a frozen pelvis, bleeding prevention and management, GI and GU tract lesions and complications associated with gynecologic diseases during a pelvic approach. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Apply anatomical standardized pelvic dissection, identify landmarks, and preview risky surgical situations; 2) manage a large uterus and atypically located fibroids; 3) prevent GI, GU and vascular lesions and discuss different approaches and management of complications; and 4) treat benign and suspicious complex/large adnexial masses.  

SUTR-707: Didactic/Simulation Lab: Laboratorio de Simulacion en ESPANOL: Sutura Laparoscopica: Aplicacion practica para Re-aproximacion de tejidos, Nudo Intra-corporeo y Extra-corporeo, Sutura B (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM National Harbor 12v

Este curso de 4-horas será presentado en Español y entregará una introducción a las técnicas de sutura básica y avanzada, en un laboratorio de simulación utilizando pelvitrainer, y esta diseñado para participantes que deseen expandir sus habilidades en sutura laparoscópica. Este curso presentará una serie de técnicas para aprender a tomar y manipular la aguja y re-aproximar tejidos desde trocares ubicados en distintas posiciones en los pelvitrainers laparoscópicos. Se presentarán técnicas de nudo extra-corpóreo e intra-corpóreo y técnica de sutura continua, y sus aplicaciones clínicas en el cierre de la cúpula vaginal, suspensión de la cúpula vaginal, miomectomia y reparación de cistostomia. Además, se revisará la aplicación de diferentes materiales de sutura, incluyendo la sutura barbada. El participante también tendrá la oportunidad de trabajar con dispositivos de sutura utilizados en laparoscopia ginecológica. El objetivo de este curso es presentar la técnica en una forma simple, sistemática y reproducible. Los expertos proporcionarán un ambiente interactivo para resolver las necesidades de cada individuo, muy importantes para un adecuado aprendizaje. Este curso esta diseñado para la aplicación inmediata en la práctica profesional, de las técnicas de sutura y destrezas aprendidas. Al finalizar este curso, el alumno será capaz de: 1) Reproducir en forma eficiente las técnicas para re-aproximación de tejidos por vía laparoscópica, manipulación de la aguja y suturas continuas; 2) realizar nudos intra-corpóreos y extra-corpóreos en forma eficiente, identificar los errores comunes que se presentan, y cómo corregirlos; 3) comparar y distinguir los beneficios potenciales de las tecnologías de sutura barbada y los dispositivos de sutura utilizados en laparoscopia y revisar las aplicaciones clínicas para el cierre de la cúpula vaginal, suspensión de la cúpula vaginal, miomectomia y reparación de cistostomia.

TEACH-709: Simulation Lab: Teach the Teacher (Eligible for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:30 PM 04:30 PM Woodrow Wilson C

This hands-on course will provide participants with an exploration of simulation components of a successful surgical education curriculum. Participants will create a low-fidelity vaginal hysterectomy model and trial its use with a checklist.  In addition, participants will build a portable laparoscopic box trainer that they can take home for immediate use at their institutions. A video presentation at a station proctored by an expert educator will teach participants how to implement a porcine lab into a simulation curriculum. Expert educators will guide participants through an interactive session where they will practice teaching a basic task to a novice learner, in order to gain experience in focused surgical skill deconstruction. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Instruct a novice learner on how to perform a basic surgical skill or technique; 2) construct and practice utilizing a checklist on a low-fidelity vaginal hysterectomy model; and 3) construct a box trainer model for take-home use.

General Session 1 - Opening Ceremony

05:30 PM 06:30 PM Potomac Ballroom

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

06:30 PM 08:00 PM Prince Georges Exhibit Hall A-C

Congressional Crawl

08:30 PM 11:30 PM Woodrow Wilson Bus Loop

Surgeon's Breakfast - with Speaker: Susan Credle

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland D

Sponsored Breakfast - Hologic - Hologic Partnership Program: Where Career and Adventure Merge

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland A

Sponsored Breakfast - Karl Storz Endoscopy - In-Office Hysteroscopy: Optimizing Outcomes and the Patient Experience

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland B

Sponsored Breakfast - Transenterix - Clinical experience of the Senhance Robotic Surgical System in Gynecology

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland C

General Session 2 - Cadaveric Demo + JMP Keynote

07:45 AM 09:30 AM Potomac Ballroom

Surgical Tutorial 1: Vaginal Hysterectomy (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac A

This surgical tutorial brings to the stage avant-garde solutions for exposure, visualization with 3D imaging, use of specially designed instruments and advanced bipolar energy to unravel commonly encountered challenges with the vaginal approach.  Watch this group of MIGS surgeons demonstrate techniques to enter the anterior and posterior cul de sacs, dissect the ureter, morcellate the large specimen and remove the adnexae and appendix vaginally with currently available technologies and devices.  This tutorial also demonstrates transvaginal NOTES technique that can be utilized when dense pelvic adhesions are encountered or when the adnexae are high. By incorporating what we have available from the laparoscopic and robotic approaches, we expand the applicability of vaginal hysterectomy, remove stumbling blocks and re-establish its position at the forefront of the skills armamentarium of the versatile minimally invasive surgeon. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Apply new techniques to overcome challenges such as limited exposure and visualization, achieving hemostasis, and removal of large specimen and the adnexae during vaginal hysterectomy.

Plenary 1 - Hysteroscopy (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 1: Endometriosis

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 5

Open Communications 2: Robotics

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 10

Video Session 1: Robotics

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 3

Panel 1: The Chronic Pain Patient

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac C

Surgical Tutorial 2: Cuff Closure (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac A

This course provides a live cadaveric demonstration of colpotomy closure techniques using standard laparoscopic instrumentation.  A didactic will review the necessary instrumentation, suture choices and trocar placement required for laparoscopic cuff closure.  The role of colpotomy closure in vaginal cuff dehiscence will also be discussed. The faculty will demonstrate the use of different suture materials, knot closure and instrumentation to achieve cuff closure.  Tips and tricks will also be demonstrated for a wide variety of issues that occur during colpotomy closure. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Articulate the steps necessary to achieve vaginal cuff closure to complete a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Plenary 2 - Oncology (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 3: Emerging Technology & Techniques

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 5

Open Communications 4: Endometriosis

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 10

Video Session 2: Endometriosis

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 3

Panel 2: Maximizing Efficiency in Low Resource Settings

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac C

Plenary 3 - Robotics (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 5: Research & Science

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac A

Open Communications 6: New Instruments

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac C

Open Communications 7: Hysteroscopy

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 5

Open Communications 8: Hysteroscopy

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 10

Video Session 3: Urogynecology

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 3

Surgical Tutorial 3: Robotic Surgery, Port Placement, and Docking (Eligible for 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

03:25 PM 05:05 PM Potomac A

This course will provide a live interactive cadaveric demonstration on two cadavers utilizing both the Si and Xi Da VinciTM robotic surgical platforms. This demonstration will focus on the differences in docking and port placement, as well as differences in approaching surgical anatomy between the two platforms. The demonstration will also focus on ways to be more efficient in performing a robotic assisted hysterectomy and how to avoid and manage surgical complications. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Apply the skills learned to choose the most efficient technique for port placement and robot docking; 2) discuss how to choose the most efficient techniques and tools for accomplishing simple and complex robotic assisted hysterectomies; 3) identify key anatomical landmarks for safe performance of a hysterectomy; and 4) discuss how to anticipate and prevent common surgical injuries to GI, GU and vascular structures.

Plenary 4 - Laparoscopy (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

03:25 PM 04:25 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 9: Laparoscopy

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 5

Video Session 4: Hysteroscopy

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 3

Video Session 5: Laparoscopy

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 10

Panel 3: Same Day Discharge +/- ERAS

03:25 PM 05:05 PM Potomac C

General Session 3 - Stump the Professor

05:10 PM 06:10 PM Potomac Ballroom

Sponsored Symposium - Intuitive Surgical

06:10 PM 08:10 PM Maryland B

Sponsored Symposium - Allergan (Topic TBD)

06:10 PM 08:10 PM Maryland A

Pub Crawl

08:30 PM 11:30 PM Woodrow Wilson Bus Loop

Barre Class

06:00 AM 07:00 AM National Harbor 3

Sponsored Breakfast - CooperSurgical (Topic TBD)

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland A

Sponsored Breakfast - Ethicon - Changing Healthcare Landscape in Gynecology

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland B

Sponsored Breakfast - Olympus America Inc - In the Best Interest of Your Patients: How to Influence Hospital Policy on Contained Tissue Extraction

06:00 AM 07:45 AM Maryland C

General Session 4 - Business Meeting / Chopped

07:45 AM 09:30 AM Potomac Ballroom

Surgical Tutorial 4: Anterior and Posterior Obliterated Cul-de-Sac (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac A

This course is designed to provide the participant with a systematic and comprehensive overview of managing the obliterated anterior or posterior cul-de-sac at the time of laparoscopic hysterectomy or fertility sparing surgery in patients with deep infiltrating endometriosis. With instruction from leading experts in the field, this course will focus on practical skills to help surgeons tackle these types of cases more efficiently and safely, while minimizing the risk of complications and conversion to laparotomy. The educational format will include heavy use of surgical videos to demonstrate a variety of surgical techniques and their application to everyday practice. Participants will be taught how to bridge the gap that separates novice from expert surgeons through a thoughtful overview of proper surgical technique, retroperitoneal anatomy, performance of retroperitoneal dissections, techniques for nerve sparing radical dissection, and complication avoidance. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Develop the proficiency to utilize retroperitoneal anatomy and comfortably apply principles of pelvic neuroanatomy to complete cases complicated by the obliterated anterior or posterior cul-de-sac.

Plenary 5 - Urogynecology (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 10: Urogynecology

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 5

Open Communications 11: Robotics

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 10

Video Session 6: Single Port Laparoscopy

11:00 AM 12:00 PM National Harbor 3

Panel 4: Special Populations

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Potomac C

Surgical Tutorial 5: Uh Oh! Managing Surgical Complications (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac A

Plenary 6 - Endometriosis (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 12: Oncology

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 5

Open Communications 13: Reproductive Medicine

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 10

Video Session 7: Laparoscopy

12:10 PM 01:10 PM National Harbor 3

Panel 5: Endometriosis: Medical vs. Surgical

12:10 PM 01:10 PM Potomac C

Plenary 7 - Reproductive Issues (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 14: Pelvic Pain

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac A

Open Communications 15: Surgical Education

02:15 PM 03:15 PM Potomac C

Open Communications 16: Research & Science

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 5

Video Session 8: Endometriosis

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 3

Video Session 9: Robotics

02:15 PM 03:15 PM National Harbor 10

Surgical Tutorial 6: Tips and Tricks for Managing Fibroids during Hysterectomy and Myomectomy (Eligible for 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

03:25 PM 05:05 PM Potomac A

This course provides detailed lecture and video instruction for hysteroscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches to myomectomy and hysterectomy for the large fibroid uterus. The aim is to present reproducible surgical techniques and surgical principles that emphasize a reliably safe approach to the surgical challenges accompanying large fibroids. We aim to demonstrate that safe technique supports efficiency while also allowing the operator to ever build on these basic skills and to teach. We will address some typical fibroid challenges (e.g. removing the large specimen, avoiding conversion) and discussions surrounding controversial issues and new technology/medications. Our intent is to increase participants’ repertoire of minimally invasive techniques and equipment toward a consistent and confident approach to large fibroids with a patient and surgeon maximally prepared for success. At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) choose, reliably perform, and teach a safe, efficient technique to complete successful surgical care for each patient with large fibroids; 2) discuss imaging, preoperative preparation, techniques to minimize blood loss, and the use of a wide variety of tools to surgically correct the large fibroid uterus.

Plenary 8 - Education, Research & Science (Eligible for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

03:25 PM 04:25 PM Potomac D

Open Communications 17: Laparoscopy

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 5

Video Session 10: Basic Science, Research & Education

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 3

Video Session 11: Laparoscopy

03:25 PM 05:05 PM National Harbor 10

Panel 6: Defining Quality Metrics

03:25 PM 05:05 PM Potomac C

Presidential Gala and Silent Auction

06:00 PM 11:30 PM Cherry Blossom / Pose Nightclub

General Session 5 - Telesurgery

08:30 AM 12:30 PM Potomac Ballroom