About this event

  • Date and time Fri 28 Feb 2020 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Join the Obstetrics and Gynaecology sections as we provide an overview of the recent developments in the use of minimally invasive surgery in pregnancy. The meeting will address both minimally invasive treatment of gynaecological and surgical emergencies in pregnancy as well as the most recent advances in the use endoscopy for surgical treatment of fetal abnormalities.

Laparoscopic surgeon expert Ms Elizabeth Ball and principal author of the national guideline on the use of laparoscopy in pregnancy will provide us with in-depth analysis of evidence on this topic. Other speakers will include Prof Nicolaides, a world leader in fetal medicine who has pioneered in utero treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and diaphragmatic hernia. We will hear about the advantages and risks of fetoscopy, current indications for its use and future research in this rapidly developing area of clinical practice. This awareness raising event will be hugely informative with ample opportunities for audience participation and discussion.

About the topic

Laparoscopy has only recently been used to treat pregnant women and there is still a lot to learn about the indications, benefits and risks associated with these novel techniques. Increased number of Caesarean sections and other operative procedures on pregnant uterus have caused a surge in the number of intrauterine ectopic pregnancies and other early pregnancy complications. Hysteroscopy plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of uterine cavity abnormalities, but its role has now been extended to treat complex early problems as well.

Laparoscopy has also transformed surgical treatment of various gynaecological abnormalities in non-pregnant women such as, endometriosis and ovarian cysts. However, the presence of enlarged pregnant uterus makes laparoscopy technically more challenging which increases the risk of maternal complications. 

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Davor Jurkovic, President, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Obstetrics and gynaecology kaleidoscope

Dr Sarah Bowden, Academic Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Dr Martin Farrugia, Consultant Gynaecologist, Spencer Private Hospitals, Margate and Ashford, Kent


Miss Elizabeth Ball, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Barts Health NHS Trust and Honorary Reader, City, University of London


Professor Kypros Nicolaides, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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Novel developments in the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis

Join the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Section as we provide a comprehensive update on the recent developments in the understanding of pathophysiology of endometriosis, advances in the diagnosis and novel techniques in surgical treatment of endometriosis, including robotic surgery.

  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom