David Chelmow, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine David Chelmow is the Leo J Dunn Professor and Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a past President of the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Immediate Past President of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and President of the ASCCP
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Gynecology is principally an operative specialty and the range of gynecologic procedures managed is constantly expanding due to improved instrumentation and minimally invasive techniques. Covering the entire spectrum of gynecologic surgery through a case-based, digestible format, procedures such as vaginal, transvaginal, hysteroscopic, laparoscopic, robotic, and abdominal procedures are included, as well as common surgical challenges and complications. For each case, a clinical vignette outlines the situation and the clinical context of the patient, followed by a comprehensive discussion of the evidence-based management approach and key teaching points. The decision to operate, contraindications, alternatives to surgery and preoperative counseling is discussed in detail along with the level of care needed for each case. Readers will improve their knowledge base of gynecologic surgery and gain multiple tools to overcome common surgical obstacles.