Dr Neil Campbell recently returned to MC&M from a 4 week UK/European holiday but it wasn’t all relaxation. Neil managed to squeeze in 3 conferences whilst he was away!! The first was in London on the 4 & 5th June where The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) held its Silver Jubilee Scientific Meeting. The highlight, was a presentation titled “Possibilities and Limitations” by Professor Fabio Ghezzi an Italian Gynaecologist who is a recognized leader in mini Laparoscopy. The presentation discussed and demonstrated how the use of smaller instruments and ports is resulting in less pain and better outcomes for the patient. The President of BSGE has since stated that 2015 was the “best meeting ever” with over 600 delegates in attendance and the presentations exceeding expectation.
Neil then spent some time with family and friends in the United Kingdom before jumping on another flight, this time to Nice. Along with 1800 other international delegates Neil attended the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Urogynaecological Association(IUGA) from the 9th to the 13th of June. The highlight was the “Day of Live Surgery”. Videoconference link ups enabled questions to be asked of various European gynaecologists whilst they were operating. The surgeons were able to demonstrate a variety of new techniques that have been developed for prolapse and incontinence.
Lisbon, Portugal was Neils’ final port of call, here the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) held its annual conference. Again delegates were able to interact with Surgeons as they performed their surgery. This time the specialty was dealing with techniques to manage severe endometriosis. The 2016 ESHRE meeting will be in Helsinki Finland, time will tell if Neil is missing in action next July!