Abdominal, vaginal, and laser surgery

D. B. Spangler

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Abstract

The 1980's brought issues, ideas, and instruments that forever altered the practice of gynecologic surgery. Government-mandated second opinion, preadmission reviews and authorizations, same-day admissions for major surgery, appropriate length of stay, advertisement of medical services, broad definitions of informed consent, computers for diagnosis, data storage and analysis, lasers, greatly expanded operative endoscopy techniques, and ambulatory surgery centers are just a few of these. While these concepts changed the traditional practice of the specialty, the obligations the surgeon bears to his or her individual patient in 1990 are no different than those of 1980. The articles selected for this review of abdominal, vaginal, and laser surgery are those I believe will assist the practicing gynecologist to view his or her surgical approach within the broader perspective of increasing outside regulation and rapidly expanding technology. Some articles suggest change, some justify continuing traditional approaches, others address safety issues, while still others place current surgical techniques from a historical perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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