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Physician Education: Gynecology

Addressing Patient Safety in Obstetrical Care

Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC is assuming a lead role in OB patient safety by organizing a multidisciplinary team of experts to review its protocols and procedures.

Using Transvaginal Ultrasound to Help Prevent Pre-term Birth

Transvaginal ultrasound, ordered during the second trimester of pregnancy, may help prevent pre-term birth may reduce the risk of preterm birth.   Hyagriv Simhan, MD, of Magee-Womens-Hospital of UPMC explains. 

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is now an option for many women, eliminating the presence of large, abdominal incisions and offering a quicker recovery time. Dr. Suketu Mansuria of the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC performs 99% of all hysterectomies with this minimally-invasive approach and explains how the procedure can work for even the most complicated cases.

A Unique Approach to the Treatment of Fibroids

The Uterine Fibroid Clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is helping women diagnosed with fibroids receive diagnostic testing and treatment faster. In one visit, patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team comprised of an interventional radiologist and an OB-GYN. Only after extensive consultation and completion of a series of minimally invasive and radiological procedures is a treatment plan developed. Should surgery be necessary, patients will receive information on a number of options including hysterectomy and myomectomy.

Polypropylene Mesh: Cutting Through the Clutter

In July 2011, the FDA released a second warning about the use of polypropylene mesh in pelvic reconstructive surgery. This pronouncement created anxiety and concern among gynecologists who use mesh in their practices. Halina Zyczynski, MD, director of the Women's Center for Bladder and Pelvic Health at Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC, says that while it is important to be aware of the health concerns regarding polypropylene mesh, it is equally important to know that mesh augmented prolapse repairs can be safe and effective with appropriate surgical training and a deep understanding of the properties of mesh.

The Causes and Treatments of Male/Female Infertility

Infertility experts discuss many of the causes and treatments of male and female infertility and explain how techniques such as ICSI, MicroTESE, and IVF may help couples achieve a biological pregnancy.

Diagnosing and Treating Pelvic Pain

Dr. Ted Lee discusses the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain and when hysterectomy should be considered.