Today’s healthcare system is creating a greater need for advanced practice providers, and the rewards of the work extend beyond job opportunities.
Workplace discrimination and harassment are common in gynecology, an AAGL study finds. Study co-author Dr. Linda Bradley discusses the findings and the actions professional organizations are taking to promote professionalism and inclusiveness.
In 2012 Cleveland Clinic’s IVF laboratory acquired the EmbryoScope®, an incubator with a built-in microscope and high-definition camera that enables more detailed observations on embryo developmental kinetics.
Uterine transplantation was greeted with skepticism eight or nine years ago. Today the procedure offers hope to women with congenital or surgical absence of the uterus.
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Genetically testing embryos for devastating conditions like Huntington’s disease before implantation is usually considered acceptable. But selecting embryos based solely on gender touches a nerve for many. Physicians must help patients understand all of the choices and options available to them.
Gynecologic oncologists deliver radiation using sophisticated computerized imaging guidance systems and robotics to treat cancers once considered unbeatable.
The OPTIMAL trial found that sacrospinous ligament fixation (SSLF) and uterosacral ligament vaginal vault suspension (ULS) were equally safe and effective in treating vaginal prolapse at two years’ follow-up. Adding perioperative behavioral therapy with pelvic floor muscle training into the mix failed to improve either incontinence symptoms or prolapse outcomes.
New Cleveland Clinic texts on single-port, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, on urogynecology and pelvic floor medicine and on office-based gynecologic procedures are available.
Until recently, women undergoing certain chemotherapy had few options for fertility preservation. Though still experimental, ovarian tissue cryopreservation is being performed under Institutional Review Board-approved protocol with detailed informed consent. To date, at least 26 live births have been recorded worldwide using this technique. Cleveland Clinic now offers ovarian tissue freezing for pediatric and adult populations.
Cleveland Clinic research on the novel properties of serum corin and ANP inspired a 4th year medical student’s clinical study of these proteins as predictive markers for preeclampsia.