Along with global endometrial ablation, diagnostic and minor operative hysteroscopy are excellent procedures to bring into your office environment. These operations are generally of short duration and provide little risk to the patient. Moreover, reimbursement exceeds that for the hospital setting. A constant revenue stream can be created after an initial moderate expenditure.
The key to a successful office procedure is patient comfort; this begins with minimizing pain and trauma. In our practice, we note decreased pain when performing vaginoscopy and hysteroscopy without the use of a speculum or tenaculum. This is well substantiated in literature by Professor Stefano Bettocchi, who immediately preceded me as president of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE).
In this issue of Master Class in Gynecologic Surgery, I have asked my partner, Aarathi Cholkeri-Singh, MD, to discuss vaginoscopy. Dr. Cholkeri-Singh is clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, lecturer at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and associate director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.
She also serves as codirector of the AAGL/Society of Reproductive Surgeons fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and director of gynecologic surgical education at Advocate Lutheran, and is chair for a postgraduate course on hysteroscopy at the upcoming AAGL 45th Annual Global Congress. Among her publications is a recent review in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology on hysteroscopy for infertile women (doi:10.1016/j.jmig.2014.12.163).
Dr. Miller is clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and past president of the AAGL and the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy. He is a reproductive endocrinologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon in private practice in Naperville and Schaumburg, Ill.; director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and the director of the AAGL/SRS fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.; and the medical editor of this column, Master Class. He reported having no financial disclosures relevant to this column. Email him at email@example.com.