UNC surgeon performs live surgery broadcast to ACOG meeting in Chicago

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 — On Tuesday, May 5, John F. Steege, M.D., performed a surgery at the University of North Carolina Hospitals that was broadcast live to attendees at the 57th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chicago.

In particular, Steege performed a laparoscopy with removal of the left tube and ovary for the treatment of endometriosis. He also excised endometriosis from the posterior cul-de-sac (behind the uterus) and from the right ovary.

ACOG invited Steege to participate in the live broadcast so that he could demonstrate specific surgical techniques including identification of the ureter, isolation of the ureter from the blood supply of the ovary and safe dissection of the pelvic sidewall.

“Many of these techniques were somewhat new to the audience of about 500 people, as judged by their questions,” Steege said.

This marks the second time that Steege has performed a live surgery broadcast to an ACOG meeting. In May 2008, he performed a hysterectomy.

Steege is a professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and director of the division of Advanced Laparoscopy & Pelvic Pain in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. More information about the division is available at http://www.med.unc.edu/obgyn/departmental-divisions/advanced-laparoscopy-pelvic-pain.

More information about ACOG’s 57th Annual Clinical Meeting is available at http://www.acog.org/acm/.

School of Medicine contact:  Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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