Hysteroscopy is a viable alternative to reduce this cost and improve the quality of life for women
Hysterectomies: A $5 Billion Medical Economic Concern
In a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that nearly 20% of all hysterectomies performed for benign conditions were unnecessary.
Even more disturbing: in women younger than 40, nearly 38% of benign hysterectomies had unsupported pathology.1
This study indicates that alternatives to hysterectomy are greatly underutilized among women undergoing treatment for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB), fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic pain.
The most common indication for benign hysterectomy is for treatment of AUB.
With an estimated annual cost of over $5 billion, hysterectomy continues to be a medical economic concern.
Using Hysteroscopy to Diagnose and Cut Costs
Today, gynecologists have a wide armamentarium to treat AUB and it appears that these tools are significantly underutilized.
Multiple systematic reviews and meta-analysis have shown that hysteroscopy is both accurate and feasible in the diagnosis of intrauterine abnormalities.
Hysteroscopy has been shown to be a more sensitive tool for evaluating uterine pathology as compared to ultrasound and blind biopsies.2
You expect an otolaryngologist to use a scope to look into your nose and throat to diagnosis any abnormalities, so gynecologists should be looking inside the uterus to diagnose and treat uterine abnormalities.
Many of the pathologies that contribute to AUB can also be treated with hysteroscopy. Simple diagnostic hysteroscopic examinations can be easily done in an office environment and with today’s new generation of smaller instruments, some interventional procedures can also be done in the office concomitantly.
AED’s Low Budget Solution to Unnecessary Hysterectomies
Advanced Endoscopy Devices (AED) recognized the need to improve healthcare economics and has been at the forefront of reducing costs and improving outcomes across multiple surgical specialties.
Improving access to hysteroscopy by providing cost effective solutions for offices, surgery centers, and hospitals enables gynecologists to treat AUB and reduce the number of unnecessary hysterectomies they perform.
AED has developed a patient friendly, 5mm, continuous flow, and compact hysteroscope along with a new high performance HD office camera system that enables gynecologists to see and treat many uterine abnormalities in the office.
When uterine pathology warrants the use of general anesthesia, AED has a complete selection of resectoscopes and instrumentation to treat fibroids in the surgery center or hospital.
AED uses advanced manufacturing technology to make state of the art instrumentation available at prices that are surprisingly affordable. That way, gynecologists can afford to purchase a complete office hysteroscopy system to enable them to visualize, diagnose, and treat intrauterine pathology and reduce the number of hysterectomies performed annually.
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1. Corona LE, Swenson CW, Sheetz KH, et al. Use of other treatments before hysterectomy for begnign conditions in a statewide hospital collaborative. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015; 212:304.e1-7. © 2015 Published by Elsevier Inc.
2. Katke RD, Zarartya AN, Use of diagnostic hysteroscopy in abnormal uterine bleeding in perimenopausal age group and its clinicopathological co-relation with ultrasound and histopathology findings: experience in a tertiary care institution. Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2015; 4:413-8