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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Research

Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty physicians are researching the latest methods of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The division’s research goals are to enhance post-operative recovery while improving the overall surgical experience for women with many different conditions.

Active Research

  • Comparison of Inpatient Narcotics Use to Outpatient Prescription Narcotic Post-Operatively
    The goal of this study is to understand the factors that affect opioid use for pain management in gynecologic surgery patients after they are discharged. Researchers plan to develop a model that incorporates individual patient baseline measures, such as anxiety, fibromyalgia or inpatient narcotic consumption to predict the amount of opioids needed following discharge.


    Principle Investigator: Insiyyah Patanwala, MD
    Coordinator: Brittney Yeley

  • Either Hysteroscopic Sterilization Essure or Laparoscopic Tubal Sterilization POET
    The primary goal of this study is to evaluate the proportion of participants who experience new onset or worsening chronic lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain and have undergone Essure placement for permanent birth control compared to the proportion of participants who had an attempt at laparoscopic tubal sterilization. Researchers also want to better characterize these reported outcomes and identify pre-procedural and procedure-related characteristics related to their occurrence.


    Principal Investigator: Jon Hathaway, MD, PhD
    Coordinator: Alyssa Petersmann, MSN, RN, CNOR

  • Transversus Abdonimis Plane TAP Block with Lipsomal Bupivicaine at Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy with Umbilical Contained Tissue Extraction A Retrospective Study
    The goal of this study is to determine if liposomal bupivicaine TAP blocks reduce postoperative opioid requirements and improve postoperative pain scores in patients undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy for large uterine pathology that necessitate morcellation of the specimen via an extended umbilical incision.

    Principle Investigator: Kelly Kasper, MD
    Co-Investigators: Laura Young, MD, and Kristie Lou, MD