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American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
6757 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630-5105
Description The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) is a medical professional association dedicated to improving the quality of health care for women by advancing the practice of endoscopic surgery in the treatment of gynecologic conditions or disorders. Established in 1971, the Association is committed to regularly advancing safe surgical techniques by sponsoring regional educational seminars, conducting regular surveys, providing continuing medical education credits, and providing professional publications. Endoscopy is a technique in which an illuminated optic instrument is used to visualize body cavities, tissues, and organs. Gynecologic endoscopy is currently being utilized for many different procedures that once were exclusively performed by open surgery. Benefits of gynecologic endoscopy may include minimized scarring, lower blood loss, decreased post-operative pain, and reduced recovery time. The AAGL is committed to providing comprehensive and advanced instruction to assist physicians and allied health care professionals in providing the safest, most therapeutic, and economical surgical care possible; offering forums for professionals around the world to discuss their findings, experiences, and ideas; promoting and improving standards for the practice of gynecologic endoscopy; and promoting the development of guidelines to medical schools and hospital surgical programs. The Association also acknowledges those who have been instrumental in advancing the practice and/or instruction of gynecologic endoscopy; promotes awareness of endoscopy, the AAGL, and its members to the general public; regularly distributes surveys on operative laparoscopy, operative hysteroscopy, and laparoscopic sterilization in its quest to provide the most current statistics on gynecologic endoscopy; and develops and distributes publications for use as a source of information, education, and references. The Association publishes the quarterly "Journal of the AAGL," a peer-reviewed journal discussing the latest issues, techniques, findings, and instrumentation in gynecologic endoscopy; the "AAGL Manual of Endoscopy"; technical bulletins on current endoscopic procedures; a membership directory; and other materials.