Robotically-Assisted Gynecological Surgery: Opportunities and Challenges in the FieldTue, Feb 12, 2013, 11am / 36-428
Rosanne M. Kho, MD
MIGS Fellowship Program Director
Department of Medical and
Mayo Clinic, Arizona
Abstract: Robotically-assisted surgery is transforming surgery as we know it. The novel surgical method provides superior 3‑dimensional visualization coupled with the ability to mechanically manipulate at fine length scales, and offers improved ergonomics for the operating surgeon. These technology-driven attributes enable minimally invasive open surgeries, which reduce both the risk of infection to patients and the length of stay in hospitals. One of the fastest growing fields in robotic surgery is gynecology, where robotic and laparoscopic approaches are used to treat abnormal periods, fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, pelvic prolapse, endometriosis, and female cancers. This lecture will discuss the role of robots in gynecological surgery, and provide an overview of the tools that have advanced the field. Rosanne M. Kho, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic will share her experience as a gynecological surgeon working with robotic systems, describe associated technical challenges, and offer opportunities for technological progress that can directly impact patient care.
Bio: Dr. Rosanne Kho is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara (B.S. Psychology), and completed her pre-medical and medical school studies at Stanford University and at Tulane Medical School respectively. Dr. Kho finished her residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and completed a subsequent fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She is an Associate Professor with the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and is the current fellowship director for the minimally invasive fellowship program at Mayo AZ. Dr. Kho has recently finished a 2‑year term on the Executive Board of AAGL, and has taken on the role of Senior Editor for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Her focus is on minimally invasive surgery, including robotics and vaginal surgery.