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Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Rachel O'Donnell

Newcastle University

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgical Gynaecological Oncology holding a Consultant position at the Newcastle Centre for Gynaecological Surgery (NCGS), and committed to a career of caring for women with gynecological cancers. She was awarded an NIHR Clinical Lectureship 2016-2020.


Surgical Devices Indications Pre-Operative Planning Challenges and Complications Reconstructive Options Pathophysiology of Endometriosis Excision Versus Ablation Retroperitoneal Anatomy Sentinel Node Identification Colposuspension Sacrospinous Fixation Urinary Diversion

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The uptake of laparoscopic surgery across all surgical specialties has increased exponentially in recent years aided by significant advances in available technologies, provision of high-quality training schemes alongside a greater understanding of the natural history of many benign and malignant diseases. Inter-disciplinary collaboration has led to robust surgical trials providing the evidence-base necessary to pin-point distinct patient cohorts and procedures where minimally invasive approaches are both safe and highly efficacious.

This book encourages cross-specialty collaboration to provide a comprehensive overview of the principles of laparoscopic surgery alongside applied anatomy relevant to the General Surgeon, the Urologist, the Gynaecologist as well as those working across specialties in the oncology care. We outline critical considerations for the pre-operative selection and preparation of patients, the principles of intraoperative positioning and safety assurances alongside a thorough overview of the selection and role of energy devices to enhance surgical performance and patient outcome. Authors are expected to provide chapters dedicated to the role of minimally invasive surgery in the management of complex benign conditions as well as opportunity to review the development of minimally invasive management of complex advanced malignancies.

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Date completed: September 28th 2020

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Rachel O'Donnell

Newcastle University

Rachel O'Donnell MBChB (Edinburgh), MRCOG (London), PhD. Rachel graduated from Edinburgh Medical School, UK, and went on to complete 7 years of postgraduate Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology training before further specialising in Surgical Gynaecological Oncology. She was awarded a PhD in translational ovarian cancer research from Newcastle University, UK, and was appointed as National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) Clinical Lecturer in 2016. Following appointment as Lead Consultant in Gynecological Oncology at the Northern Centre for Gynaecological Surgery (NCGS), Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgical Gynaecological Oncology at Newcastle University Rachel has gone on to further commit to development in clinical care, undergraduate and postgraduate training as well as formal clinical and translational research. Rachel leads Gynaecological Oncology surgery and her principle area of interest relates to minimally invasive approaches incorporating robotics into surgical cancer care. She serves as senior faculty on the postgraduate cadaveric surgical training programme in Gynaecology based the internationally recognised Newcastle Surgical Training Centre. Alongside her clinical work, Rachel leads a portfolio of clinical and translational research as well as serving as Chief Investigator and Principle Investigator on various national and local research projects.

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