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From OR to office: hysteroscopy trends focus on the patient

July 05, 2017
In May, the first ever global hysteroscopy conference brought together practitioners from all corners of the world to outline the future of the field. A transition towards office procedures is evident, and education needs to follow suit. At the center is the safety and comfort of the patient.
Today VirtaMed offers virtual reality training tools across a growing range of medical disciplines, but hysteroscopy is where it all started. In 2001 a group of researchers set out to create the ideal training tool for hysteroscopy specialists, and ten years ago the project turned into the company VirtaMed and its first product, the VirtaMed HystSim™. “We are very happy and proud to have been able to support hysteroscopy training throughout our company history”, says VirtaMed CEO Co-Founder and CEO Stefan Tuchschmid.

During said history, VirtaMed has had the opportunity to reshape hysteroscopy training and help companies like Biolitec, Smith & Nephew, Medtronic, Hologic, Bayer, Richard Wolf, and KARL STORZ introduce new and improved tools to the OB/GYN audience. Meanwhile, hysteroscopy as a medical specialty keeps evolving and gaining traction. As in all medical practice, patient safety is the guiding star. How do we make sure patients get the appropriate treatment as fast as possible with as little discomfort as possible?
 
The Global Congress on Hysteroscopy held in Barcelona this May was a milestone, as it was the first ever global gathering of hysteroscopic practitioners. Some easily recognizable trends during lectures and conversations were the transition from the operating room into the office, and the emergence of ambulatory ‘see and treat’ procedures where a patient gets diagnosed and treated during one single visit. Mechanical tissue removal is becoming an alternative to electrosurgery, while diagnostic hysteroscopy’s growing popularity calls for smaller and smaller scopes.

Professor Sergio Haimovich, Chair of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy, describes an effort to turn the hysteroscope into a day-to-day diagnostic tool, a stethoscope of the general gynecologist: “Today only around 10% of gynecologists perform hysteroscopy—these are the hysteroscopists. We would like to reach the 90% that are not yet performing hysteroscopy and introduce it as a diagnostic tool.”

An evolving discipline needs education that can keep up with it. Prof. Haimovich recognizes two types of current training needs: basic skills in office diagnostics and surgical skills for more experienced hysteroscopists. Both groups of gynecologists would benefit from simulation training, Prof. Haimovich says. He adds that the collaboration between VirtaMed and the medical professionals will result in even more realistic simulators for developing better and more diverse skills.

“VirtaMed is a leading company for simulators, a dynamic company that adapts to the changing reality of surgery. I like that their simulators not only teach how to perform hysteroscopy but also help develop sensitivity for avoiding pain”, Prof. Haimovich describes.

After all: first, do no harm.
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VirtaMed is a leading company for simulators, a dynamic company that adapts to the changing reality of surgery. I like that their simulators not only teach how to perform hysteroscopy but also help develop sensitivity for avoiding pain.

Professor Sergio Haimovich, Chair of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy