Endometriosis is the most common gynaecological condition seen amongst women presenting to gynaecologists with pain, ovarian cysts and/or infertility. It is a disease that has fascinated gynaecologists for more than a century because of the difficulty in removing endometriosis when it is extensive or involving vital structures such as the ureter, bladder, rectum, ovary or major vessels. Recently many women with advanced endometriosis have been treated by a laparoscopic approach as it results in a shorter hospitalization and recovery period as compared with laparotomy. As a result of this development, the present course has been designed for gynaecologists and fertility specialists to provide a comprehensive update on the recent laparoscopic surgical techniques in the diagnosis and management of endometriosis.

 

  1. To explain the different phenotypes of endometriosis
  2. To explain pelvic anatomy and the various anatomical spaces and layers into which endometriosis infiltrates.
  3. To provide an understanding of the role of ultrasound and laparoscopy in the diagnosis and management of endometriosis.
  4. To provide participants with comprehensive surgical dissection skills, tips and tricks required to excise the disease, and when indicated, to perform hysterectomy or remove entrapped ovaries in the presence of bowel adhesions.
  5. To explain the prognosis and the postoperative management of endometriosis
  6. To practice on live tissue (mini-pigs) in order to give participants, the technical capacity to improve their skills.

 

Course Contents

At the end of the course, participants should have a good understanding of:

  • In depth anatomical understanding of pelvic and retroperitoneal areas.
  • General diagnostic and preoperative strategies
  • Practical tips on ultrasound mapping for endometriosis lesions.
  • Appropriate selection and application of energy options
  • Mastering laparoscopic suturing techniques to repair ovary, bladder, bowel
  • Systematic approach to pelvic side wall and ureteric dissection
  • Surgical tips and tricks on how to minimise ovarian damage in endometrioma cystectomy
  • Nerve-sparing excision techniques during laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis to avoid bladder, bowel, sexual dysfunction.
  • Multi-disciplinary approach for management of recto-vaginal and urinary tract endometriosis.
  • Prevention and management of complications related to complex endometriosis surgery.

Mode of Delivery

  1. Interactive theoretical and video sessions between Faculty and course participants
  2. Case presentations and interactive group discussion with experts.
  3. Hands-on practice on live tissue (mini-pigs).
    • During hands-on session, participants will be divided into small groups to practice surgical techniques on anaesthetised animals.
  4. Live operative and pre-recorded video demonstrations.

 

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for practicing gynaecological surgeons, fertility specialists, obstetricians and residents/fellows with an interest in laparoscopy and endometriosis.

 

Application Process

Applications will be treated on two-step process. Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and personal statement. After the application closing, the CPD committee will decide with respect to qualifications and level of experience judged by the committee, according to the brief description of professional background provided by the applicant.  All applications will be evaluated and qualified candidates will be admitted to the course. Only selected participants will be able to make the make payments to confirm attendance.

Key dates

  • Application open: to be announced
  • Deadline for submissions of applications: to be announced
  • Deadline for confirmations of selected participants: to be announced

Course Fees and Payment Details

Course Fees

The course fee is $700. The fee includes course admission fee, all the educational material for the course, operating theatre & skills laboratory, lunch, coffee-breaks, social dinner and certificate of attendance.

Payment Details

  • The course fee must be paid immediately upon confirmation of attendance.
  • The payment can be processed either by credit card payment through the registration system or by bank transfer or by cash on site.
  • If the fee is not received by the due date,the position will be offered to the next suitable applicant.
  • The reservation can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.