NORWALK, Conn., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that OBGYN.net presents special content featuring responses from Ob/Gyns on current events that impact obstetrics and gynecology more than any other medical specialty, including the Hobby Lobby decision, the FDA's investigation of the use of mechanical power morcellation in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, and the American College of Physician's recommendation against pelvic exams.
Of all specialty physicians, the Supreme Court's decision that certain closely held corporations don't have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraception coverage will affect Ob/Gyns the most. In addition, the FDA has discouraged the use of mechanical power morcellation, and the agency held hearings just last week on the safety of this surgical device. Also, the ACP's recommendation that pelvic exams are not needed in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women is in contrast with The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation that the pelvic exam be performed annually in women 21 years and older.
Some recent highlights of this coverage include:
- Corporations Have Religion Now?: The Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby insist that their decision is limited and narrow in scope, but does allowing closely held corporations to opt out of contraception coverage that the Affordable Care Act mandates set a dangerous precedent? Find out why one gynecologist believes this ruling is a step in the wrong direction and interferes with medical interventions.
- Morcellation: Doctors Need Data, Not Rhetoric: Gyns morcellate fibroids because it benefits patients, not their wallet. Despite the risks, the procedure has a place in treatment, until data say otherwise. Morcellation, which involves dividing larger pieces of tissue into smaller pieces for removal, is appealing to patients because it can be performed laparoscopically, making recovery less painful and much faster than open procedures. However, morcellating cancerous tissue can have devastating results for a patient with an unknown cancer, but the available data on how often this actually occurs is inconsistent.
- Pelvic Exams Have Value: Does Skipping Them Put Women at Risk?: The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends against pelvic exams in asymptomatic, nonpregnant, adult women. Practicing Ob/Gyns believe that empiric evidence shows the pelvic exam in this patient population to be clinically useful. Physical exams should look at the whole person; not evaluating a critical component of the woman's body just because there are no obvious symptoms may be faulty logic.
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