The past, present and future of minimally invasive endoscopy in gynecology: a review and speculative outlook

Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2013 Aug;22(4):210-26. doi: 10.3109/13645706.2013.823451.


Over the last twenty-five years, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has evolved in a relatively short period of time to overtake the centuries-old visionary and pioneering groundwork of our outstanding colleagues in all surgical disciplines. This overview on the development of gynecological endoscopy, at the invitation of SMIT, highlights past achievements and describes present challenges. It emphasizes future opportunities and possibilities to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and integrate emerging endoscopic, imaging and stereotactic surgical technologies to improve patient safety, enhance quality of care and advance surgical education. This article will introduce younger colleagues to the exciting world of contemporary gynecologic endoscopy and help them appreciate the immense technology-laden opportunities that the future holds for those who are prepared to follow in the footsteps and aspirations of our founding surgical colleagues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Endoscopy / education
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Endoscopy / trends*
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / education
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / trends*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / education
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / trends*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Societies, Medical
  • Stereotaxic Techniques / trends