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Penn Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery

Penn Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery

The mission of the Penn Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery is to provide the highest quality of surgical care to our patients; train residents and fellows in the latest surgical approaches; and to develop new progressive and innovative surgical techniques.

Clinical Program

The Center offers patients a wide range of surgical and non-surgical expertise to meet the individual needs and goals of the patient. General gynecologists as well as sub-specialists in gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynecology utilize both traditional surgical approaches and minimally invasive surgical techniques. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures are used to treat fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, pelvic floor prolapse, urinary incontinence, infertility, tubal occlusion or prior tubal ligation, and congenital malformations of the reproductive tract (Mullerian anomalies).

Our team partners with the Department of Radiology to offer patients the option of uterine artery embolization for the non-surgical treatment of fibroids. Evaluation and management of Mullerian anomalies often are performed in collaboration with pediatric urologists at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Watch a Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Online

The University of Pennsylvania Health System and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. presented a case review on a da Vinci (robotic) Anterior Pelvic Exenteration.

Educational Program

Training in minimally invasive surgical techniques is coordinated through the Center for Advanced Gynecologic Surgery and the Penn Ob/Gyn Simulation and Team Training Program. Residents and fellows are trained in basic and advanced laparoscopy as well as robotic surgery through a series of didactic lectures and simulation experiences using high fidelity laparoscopic trainers and a robot dedicated to our training mission. Once surgical milestones have been satisfied chief residents are encouraged to perform minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

Robotic SurgeryUltimately, the goal is to graduate residents proficient at advanced laparoscopy, including robotics. The program will ensure surgical proficiency to perform laparoscopic myomectomy, hysterectomy, laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy, including management of the large uterus with morcellation and debulking techniques via the vagina.

Research Program

A robust research program is critical to the mission of the center; our premise is that innovation has led to major improvement in gynecologic surgeries. The Center is committed to the development of new, more progressive approaches to gynecologic surgery. Our research program takes advantage of existing resources available through the Department, School of Medicine and University to pursue surgical outcomes and health services research. Further, we are active participants in clinical trials of new and existing surgical technologies.

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