St. Paul's Hospital
Roxana Geoffrion, MDCM, FRCSC
Associate Professor, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC
Program Director, Advanced Training Program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, UBC
Surgical Innovation: A clinician scientist’s journey
Pelvic organ prolapse is a common disorder of aging women, with one of five women requiring surgical correction in her lifetime. Current surgeries can be associated with high prolapse recurrence rates or unwanted serious side effects. Synthetic materials, such as polypropylene mesh, have been used to improve surgical durability but they have not always been subjected to rigorous research before widespread implementation. Historically, surgery has been a discipline of trial and error. Life-saving interventions with obvious clinical need made comparative assessment of procedures unimportant for many decades. More recently however, surgeries aim to improve quality of life and surgical innovation needs to follow an evidence-based pathway. Barriers to surgical research include patient or surgeon preferences, the complexity of interventions and the paucity of clinician scientists. Using the example of transvaginal mesh, this Work in Progress seminar will follow an evidence-based approach to the development of a new surgical procedure.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.