Thursday, February 5, 2009
THURSDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Robotics-assisted surgery -- one of the fastest-growing technological advances in gynecologic oncology -- is a featured topic at the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists' Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer held Feb. 5 to 8 in San Antonio, Texas.
The meeting schedule includes more than 10 poster and oral presentations to showcase recent scientific data on robotics-assisted surgery and its increasing popularity as an alternative to traditional surgery, especially for patients with uterine and cervical cancers.
The conference features special robotics courses demonstrating how robotics techniques can be incorporated into practices to improve surgical management and patient outcomes, in addition to a special surgical postgraduate course to help attendees learn "tips and tricks" for quickly mastering the new technology.
"Over the next few years, the field of gynecologic oncology will likely see widespread implementation of robotic-assisted surgery," M. Patrick Lowe, M.D., of Northwestern University, said in a statement. "Recent data on robotic surgery points to an improvement in several perioperative outcomes and complication rates as compared to traditional surgery for the treatment of uterine and cervical cancers."
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