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Dr. Parker and Telesurgery

On November 19th, gynecologic surgeon William Parker, MD, performed live telesurgery from Saint John’s Health Center for the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology that was meeting in Orlando, Florida. The broadcast consisted of a laparoscopic myomectomy (remove uterine fibroids using a laparoscope) and was transmitted to an audience of over 1,000 gynecologists from over 60 countries who were attending the conference.

“I am just so pleased with the live telesurgery demonstration,” said the Conference Program Chair C.Y. Liu, MD.  “Dr. Parker did such a wonderful job – he mesmerized the entire audience with his fluid and skillful live demonstration of how the laparoscopic myomectomy could be used and should be done. I am thankful for his willingness to share his expert surgical technique with us.”

During the procedure, Dr. Parker explained what he was doing as he operated, and he answered questions from the audience as well as for the doctors watching over the Internet around the world. This surgery was the first time the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists had used the Internet to transmit a live surgery. A short, edited video of the procedure may be viewed at

“Minimally invasive fibroid surgery offers the benefit of outpatient surgery with minimal discomfort and seven to 10 days to full recovery,” Dr. Parker said about the procedure. “Women really benefit from these advantages and they appreciate a quick return to their daily lives.”


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