Day 1: Postgraduate Course - Saturday November 9, 2019

LAPA-610: Laparoscopic Complications: Avoid, Repair, Resolve. Surgical and Communication Skills We Need to Have


Saturday, November 9, 2019


12:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Room 118






David M. Boruta, Afshin Fazel


Revaz Botchorishvili, Thomas Gallagher, William Sage, Errico Zupi

Course Description

This course provides an overview of potential complications of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery involving the urinary, gastrointestinal, vascular, and nervous systems. Avoidance, recognition, and repair of complications will be reviewed in detail. Essential communication skills to provide resolution with patients when something goes awry will also be presented.

Retroperitoneal anatomy and critical surgical techniques will be demonstrated with the aim of helping surgeons avoid, recognize, and repair complications. Surgical subject matter will be diverse, including management of challenging fibroids, endometriosis, and urogynecologic and oncologic disease.

An overview of Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs) will be presented. These programs are important to patient quality and safety. Key steps in the CRP process will be discussed that benefit both patient and medical professional alike in the event of a complication.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1) Identify pelvic retroperitoneal anatomy critical to complication avoidance and recognition; 2) describe surgical skills for safe and effective repair of complications; and 3) develop communication skills that aid in patient and family interactions following complications.

Course Outline

12:30Welcome, Introductions, and Course OverviewD.M. Boruta, A. Fazel
12:35Mastering Pelvic and Retroperitoneal Anatomy: Armor Against ComplicationsD.M. Boruta
1:00Large Uteri and Fibroids: Safe Performance of Tissue ExtractionA. Fazel
1:25Gastrointestinal and Urologic Complications: Avoid, Recognize, and RepairE. Zupi
1:50Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs): What They Are and Why They MatterT. Gallagher, W. Sage
2:15Questions & AnswersAll Faculty
2:40Building Just Cultures for Harm EventsT. Gallagher, W. Sage
3:05Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery: Avoid, Recognize, and Repair ComplicationsR. Botchorishvili
3:30Financial and Non-financial Resolution of Harm EventsT. Gallagher, W. Sage
3:55Challenges of Endometriosis: Keys to Safe Laparoscopic SurgeryA. Fazel
4:20Questions & AnswersAll Faculty