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King Saud UniversityDr. Basim Abu-Rafea, supervisor of KSU’s Infertility Research Chair and the Head of the Infertility and the Assisted Conception Unit in King Khalid University Hospital, made a presentation last month emphasizing the benefits of uterine endoscopy in gynecological diagnosis and surgery, in which an endoscope carrying optical and light fibers is inserted through the cervix to examine the uterus during procedures.

Among the many advantages of this method, Dr. Abu-Rafea noted that patients do not have to undergo anesthesia, time spent in the operations room is reduced and postoperative adhesion (internal scar tissue that forms between tissues and organs, often as a result of injury during surgery) is avoided.

Dr. Abu-Rafea said Uterine Endoscopy diagnosis and infertility treatment has improved dramatically through this technology, especially in cases where infertility cannot be explained by conventional diagnoses.

Data gathered from Infertility Research Chair patients that have undergone this procedure shows an overwhelming satisfaction with this procedure. One particular aspect popular with patients is that they are able to view the insides of the uterus while listening to explanations by the physician, and may return home immediately following the procedure, free to carry on their daily routine.

The Chair is pursuing several projects that address factors influencing pregnancy rates, such as building a database for ultrasound and semen analysis and organizing infertility information evenings and workshops in Riyadh.

King Saud UniversityThe supervisor of the Infertility Research Chair and the Head of Infertility & Assisted Conception Unit "Dr. Basim Fouad Abu-Rafea" started the session by explaining what infertility means, its causes, diagnosis, available treatments, factors affecting the success rate and Assisted Reproductive Technology including the benefits and negative side-effects.

In these sessions, Dr. Abu-Rafea and his colleagues speak about the eligibility criteria set by King Khalid University Hospital and answer a host of questions presented by interested parties.

These meetings, as well as the work of the Infertility Research Chair and the Infertility and the Assisted Conception Unit, are regional research in infertility by establishing a distinguished research center in this field.

The Chair’s researchers include a number of international researchers, as well, including George A. Vilos, a professor with the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, as well as Dr. Artin Ternamian, Director of Gynecologic Endoscopy St. Joseph's Health Centre at the University of Toronto.

Collaborative research teams including Doctors Abu-Rafea, Vilos and Ternamian have earned them the Kurt Semm award for Excellence in Pelviscopy from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (2005, 2006, 2008). Supported by an educational grant from the Foundation of the AAGL, the Kurt Semm Award honors the innovative German medical specialist who pioneered techniques in minimally invasive surgery.

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